Computer Software in Developing Countries: A Case Study of CD. Juarez, Mexico

Computer Software in Developing Countries: A Case Study of CD. Juarez, Mexico

Dilmus D. James (University of Texas, El Paso, USA) and Danny Vickers (EDM Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 1995 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1995100103
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Abstract

Can the more advanced developing countries foster the production of software based on comparative advantage resting on the availability of low-wage, skilled professional workers? This is what one strand of literature, closely conforming with conventional trade theory claims, but another view, that of the neo-Schumpeterians, is that the accumulation of technology capacity is a cumulative, evolutionary and time-consuming process, one that is particularly challenging for developing countries. In this regard, this article examines the software industry in the border city of Juarez, Mexico, where presumably, the proximity to the United States would ease any supply bottlenecks involving material or informational inputs. The case study, it is concluded, lends some support to the traditional comparative advantage view as far as Juarez software production is concerned, but strongly bolsters the neo- Schumpeterian position when considering software development by Juarez technicians for the local market.

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