Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2010 (Revised May 2013)

Mexico: Crisis and Competitiveness

by Aldo Musacchio, Richard H.K. Vietor and Regina Garcia-Cuellar


In 2010, the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico's revolution against Spain, President Felipe Calderon hoped he could orchestrate several crucial reforms that Mexico needed. Mexico had not grown much over the course of the last decade, losing competitiveness to China and other Asian countries. Several of its institutions, including labor, education, healthcare, energy, and antitrust seemed uncompetitive. But with a weaker peso and greater governmental attention to infrastructure, Calderon hoped that Mexico's higher-tech exports could recapture U.S. market share and make headway in Europe and Latin America.

Keywords: Economic Growth; Trade; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Competitive Strategy; Competitive Advantage; Mexico;


Musacchio, Aldo, Richard H.K. Vietor, and Regina Garcia-Cuellar. "Mexico: Crisis and Competitiveness." Harvard Business School Case 710-058, April 2010. (Revised May 2013.)