Bottles for Beer: The Business of Technological Innovation in Mexico, 1890-1920
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July 28, 2009
Business History Review, Vol. 83, No. 2
Successful technological change in countries outside the northern Atlantic during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries depended on entrepreneurial skills, not inventive expertise. In this examination of the Owens automatic glass-bottle-blowing machine in Mexico between 1905 and 1912, innovation is seen to have occurred within a broad context of incipient social and economic modernization. Although the obstacles encountered by technology importers and innovators were both substantial and stubbornly persistent, in this case, they turned out to be malleable.
Keywords: technological innovation, Mexico, beer, bottling
JEL Classification: L66, O32, O33, N86Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 31, 2009
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