Strategies For Business In Mexico

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As decisively as the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled a most definite conclusion to that utopian undertaking gone mad, so has NAFTA ended an economic counterpart in Mexico. The United States and Canada are embarking on a grand experiment, incorporating Mexico into their very own economies, creating the largest trading bloc in the world consisting of more than 360 million consumers in an economy that will surpass seven trillion American dollars. For corporate America, an enormous opportunity lies in the ...

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Overview

As decisively as the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled a most definite conclusion to that utopian undertaking gone mad, so has NAFTA ended an economic counterpart in Mexico. The United States and Canada are embarking on a grand experiment, incorporating Mexico into their very own economies, creating the largest trading bloc in the world consisting of more than 360 million consumers in an economy that will surpass seven trillion American dollars. For corporate America, an enormous opportunity lies in the integration of the Mexican nation into the economic and social fabric of North America. International business consultant and economist Louis Nevaer explains what these opportunities are and offers sage advice on how U.S. corporations can capitalize on them.

The implementation of NAFTA heralds the final conclusion of the Mexican Revolution, and Mexico is now embarked on a race against time to make up for lost decades. Ernesto Zedillo, who will deliver Mexico to the 21st century, confronts enormous challenges as the authoritarian hegemony that characterizes the political economy of the Mexican nation-state is dismantled. NAFTA constitutes a blueprint for the systematic surrender of the Mexican economy. There is, however, no blueprint for the transformation of Mexico into a democracy. Herein lies the greatest risks to corporate America, for there is always the danger of self-destruction, as witnessed in some of the republics of the former Soviet Union. The discussion presented in this book examines the present realities of the Mexican nation in the age of free trade. In Part I opportunities and risks for corporate America are analyzed, not only within an economic context, but also within a cultural and historical one, as well. Presented in Part II are the processes that have shaped Mexico over the centuries—Spanish rule, Native American civilizations, the trauma of conquest—which have given rise to the Mexican persona and character. With this understanding as background, the American reader gains a strategic advantage in understanding how the Mexican psyche works and which buttons to push. Finally, Part III presents a practical approach to conducting business in Mexico, which ranges from the legal requirements of opening a subsidiary, to a warning about the prevalence of corruption in Mexican society, as well as the existence of racism in Mexican culture.

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Explains the opportunities for corporate America in integrating Mexico into the economic and social fabric of North America, concentrating on the dismantling of authoritarian hegemony over Mexico's political economy and its transition into a democracy in the age of NAFTA. Reveals the processes which have shaped the Mexican character, and covers practical aspects of business dealings such as legal requirements for opening a subsidiary. Appendices list Mexican trade offices in the US and Mexican trade organizations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899308821
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Pages: 236
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

LOUIS E. V. NEVAER is director of Political Analysis at International Credit Monitor, a consulting firm specializing in political risk assessments, of which he is cofounder.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The Integration of the Mexican Economy 3
2 Assessing the Mexican Market 9
3 Management Strategies for Mexican Alliances 31
4 The Case of Infrastructure Assessment 39
5 The Paternalism of Employer-Employee Relations in Mexican Society 45
6 The Surrender of Economic Sovereignty 73
7 The Meeting of Two Great Civilizations 79
8 The Nature of Mexican Nationalism and Culture 113
9 Integrating the Mexican Economy 143
10 A General Survey from the Mexican Investment Board 153
11 The Limitations on African-American Executives in Mexico 167
12 A Question of Corruption 181
Epilogue 193
Appendix I: Mexican Trade Offices in the United States 197
Appendix II: Mexican Trade Organizations 199
Selected Bibliography 205
Index 209
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