Monterrey as Mexico’s entrepreneurial city: past imaginaries of economic growth and current institutional framework

Authors: Jose Antonio Cabrera Pereyra*,
Topics: Economic Geography
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Economic geography, Growth and development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Studio 10, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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This paper is part of a dissertation project analyzing the entrepreneurial subject as a situated collection of archetypes in the city of Monterrey, located in Northeastern Mexico. The entrepreneur is not only one single structure of expected practices, personal traits, and behaviors, but rather a mosaic of manifestations facilitated by operating contexts (see Verduijn et al., 2014, Pendakis 2015). Here in this paper, the focus is on the legal-institutional framework in Monterrey and in Mexico, understood as one of the contexts impacting on the types of entrepreneuring that exist in the city. Moreover, this paper brings the city’s industrial part as an indivisible part of the evolution of this current framework. The structure of the paper is as follows: first, I lay out the historical geographies of growth and development, as a way to introduce a situated theoretical framework on the way growth and development have influenced the current focus on encouraging entrepreneurship. Second, I describe the institutional and legal frameworks at work in the city. Third, I explain and map the way Capital, State and Universities are currently drawing the actual spaces for entrepreneuring in Monterrey. The final section of this paper presents some final remarks and conclusions.

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