Jose G. Vargas-hernandez, M.B.A.; Ph.D.
Departamento de Mercadotecnia y Negocios Internacionales Centro Universitario de Ciencias Economico Administrativas U de G. Periferico Norte 799 Edificio G-306 Zapopan, Jalisco
This paper focuses on the environmental and economic shrinkage impact it has had the transfer of ownership from state owned Paper Mill Company to a corporate private ownership as an effect of the ongoing economic process of globalization, after the industrial boom of the paper mill during the second half of the last Century. The paper also focuses on how the employees of this Paper Mill Company live and how they have been affected by globalization and how they feel about their paper mill’s new corporate owners. The methodology used was descriptive and exploratory. A sample of ten workers at the Company who lived in Atequique was chosen for an interview. The town of Atentique was settled and grew up in terms of population, social and economic development in the same way that the Industrial Company of Atenquique did during the period when the company was property of by the Mexican State. After the Company has been privatized, the town started declining and shrinking in these three variables. The impact on the environmental and economic development has initiated the shrinking and declining of Atenquique but also of the surrounding cities and towns.
Key words: Atenquique, environmental development, economic development. Shrinkage, neoliberal model, globalization.