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Making it in America: From Innovation to Market
Making in America
From Innovation to Market

By Suzanne Berger
with the PIE Task Force
MIT Press, 2013

Production in the Innovation Economy
Production in the Innovation Economy

By Richard M. Locke, Rachel L. Wellhausen
MIT Press, 2014

Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System

Professor Richard K. Lester
Professor Davd M. Hart
MIT Press, 2011.


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The IPC is dedicated to the study of innovation, productivity and competitiveness in the U.S. and around the world. The Center specializes in bringing together multidisciplinary teams of researchers in engineering, science, management and the social sciences to carry out innovative, applied research on industrial growth and transformation, national and regional economic growth and competitiveness, and innovation performance. More...



In 2014, the IPC launched a major research effort in Brazil in partnership with SENAI. The five-year project examines how to better accelerate innovation in Brazil’s companies and industries, with a particular focus on the role of the SENAI Innovation Institutes, a new network of 26 applied research centers around the country.


Building on its work in the Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) initiative, the IPC has launched a new research project examining how small and medium-sized advanced manufacturing companies increase their innovative capacity. The project examines the manufacturing industrial ecosystem in Massachusetts, where a diverse set of OEM and SME manufacturers work across industries.

Findings from the MIT Production in the Innovation (PIE) Economy project were presented at MIT in the fall of 2013. Review the conference agenda and watch presentations by speakers.


The IPC has launched a new project examining how innovative companies grow to scale, and how the scaling process differs across industries. Using Massachusetts as a case study, the project looks at the various growth trajectories innovative, entrepreneurial firms follow to enter and grow in the market place.

MIT - Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum
May 16, 2014

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0) is a national effort appointed by President Obama to secure US leadership in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. MIT and the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative co-host the AMP 2.0 Regional Meeting on May 16, 2014. The plenary session, "Growing Advanced Manufacturing Companies to Scale," was moderated by IPC Executive Director Elisabeth B. Reynolds. Learn more about the conference and view other videos from the sessions.


The IPC and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) completed their fifth and final round table with a 21st Century Electricity Systems CEO Forum in March in Boston discussing regional strategies to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon energy economy. Five roundtables with utility executives, advanced energy companies and regulators have been held in the last year at MIT, in San Antonio, Texas, Aspen, Colorado, New York and Boston (click links to see discussion summaries).


Tim Sturgeon of the IPC and Clair Brown of Berkeley published the 2010 National Organizations Survey that examines the relationship between job quality and the domestic and international sourcing of business functions by US firms. More...

IPC Senior Research Affiliate Tim Sturgeon published a report with Eurostat on measuring Global Value Chains. The report was launched this past spring.


Startups are a great start, but not the goal
via The Economist
Danny Breznitz, Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and the Co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto, argues for looking at innovation gains systematically across the innovation system including production, not simply from the traditional startup/ entrepreneurship perspective.

Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development Hardcover – 2014
by Shyama V. Ramani (Editor)
Smita Srinivas, Director of the Technological Change Lab and Assistant Professor of the Urban Planning program at Columbia University, contributes to this volume with a chapter entitled "Demand and Innovation: Paths to Inclusive Development".

This volume evaluates the performance of innovation in India, the role of its scientific establishment and the drivers of innovation demand. The supply-side dynamics of knowledge-intensive sectors such as seeds, software, pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and energy are explored in detail. Readers are also led to understand the impact of innovations on inclusive development through a presentation of the traditional healthcare system, innovations in the sanitation sector and a panoramic view of the lessons to be learnt from India on innovation-making for the poor. This volume, with its detailed analysis of a set of hi-tech and low-tech sectors, will be of great use to all students, researchers and policymakers interested in understanding the role of technological innovations in Indian economic growth and development.


Energy Innovation

How can the energy innovation system be designed to accelerate growth in new low-carbon energy technologies and address the risks of climate change?

Regional Innovation

How can regions prosper in an increasingly open and rapidly changing global economy?

Production (PIE)

How can the US capture more of the downstream economic benefits associated with its strengths in innovation in a way that benefits the economy and the population as a whole?


How are firms, industries and countries affected by globalization and linking to the global economy?