Science, Technology and Innovation - Mexico
This paper is designed to provoke discussion, engender individual research projects, and stimulate curriculum focused on Mexico and Latin America. From laboratories to the marketplace in fields of regional importance, the emerging modern dynamic of Mexico is examined, profiled against its turbulent history, politics and ethno-cultural diversity.
In order to better understand local and regional traditions of the marketplace in Mexico, where foreign, native and ethnic cultures have determined how goods are exchanged at grassroots level, concepts of marketing strategy are evaluated, as well as their applications in contemporary Mexican society. Solutions to problems affecting commerce in a challenged economy begin by going back to systems that have millennia behind them to isolate and develop viable methodologies for today’s marketplace.
Throughout Mexico’s history exchanging raw materials for manufactured goods has resulted in local, regional and national trade, extending north into the United States and south into Central America since pre-Conquest eras. For today’s cosmopolitan markets, theories of exchange, practical aspects of commerce and competitiveness, and proposals for stimulating new incentives address technology and innovation from Latin American perspectives.
Aspects of Mexican culture can become eroded; supplanted by First World value systems. That negativity is visible today. Mexico is a melting pot of 62 languages and more that 3,000 years of native civilizations that endured until the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs in 1521.
Recovering what has been lost through unchecked progress in the genesis of a contemporary Mexican culture will be a daunting but exhilarating challenge. Students have the opportunity to address the issues in the classroom.