Accelerating Innovation in Brazil

MIT IPC Fall Lecture Series

2015 Fall Lecture Series


Featured Publications

Strengthening the Innovative Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing
Strengthening the Innovative Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing:

May 2015

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 United States 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...



Senator Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company (SUMIC) Act of 2015, legislation that creates a public/private fund for entrepreneurs looking to scale-up and commercialize their advanced manufacturing innovations. The bill is based on research conducted at the IPC as part of the Production in the Innovation Economy project (link to paper) that highlighted the challenges innovative startups have in the U.S. raising significant capital to demonstrate the viability of new advanced manufacturing technologies at scale.

The IPC released a report, Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing: Pathways and Opportunities for Massachusetts, that outlines how Massachusetts can improve the advanced manufacturing innovation ecosystem within the state. Important changes are taking place in the advanced manufacturing landscape - within companies and how they are organized for production, in terms of new technologies, and in the global economy as regions and countries work aggressively to increase manufacturing investments and build capabilities. Massachusetts' advanced manufacturing capabilities undergird many of the key industry clusters within the Commonwealth. To learn more about the report findings, listen here to IPC Executive Director Liz Reynolds' interview on WGBH Morning Edition with host Bob Seay. The report was sponsored by MassDevelopment and follows on earlier work by MIT on the relationship between manufacturing and innovation, Production in the Innovation Economy. More…

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.


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. More...

A second study examines 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 President Rafael Reif published an op-ed in the May 24 edition of The Washington Post  that outlines the challenges of scaling “new science” technologies.

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 2013-2014 at MIT, in San Antonio, Texas, Aspen, Colorado, New York and Boston (click links to see discussion summaries).


With global value chains that fragment production across the world, national statistics fail to capture the growing interconnectedness of economies, writes Tim Sturgeon, IPC Senior Research Affiliate. Read here on the Centre for Economic Policy Research policy portal, VOX, May, 2015.

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.