Bottles for Beer: The Business of Technological Innovation in Mexico, 1890-1920

Posted: 31 Jul 2009

Date Written: July 28, 2009

Abstract

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, N86

Suggested Citation

Beatty, Edward, Bottles for Beer: The Business of Technological Innovation in Mexico, 1890-1920 (July 28, 2009). Business History Review, Vol. 83, No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440385

Edward Beatty (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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