Featured Publications

Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up?

By MIT IPC
Executive Summary & Full Report 

Strengthening the Innovative Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing

Strengthening the Innovative Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing:
By MIT IPC
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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News

Former researcher at the IPC, Professor Douglas Fuller of Zhejiang University, has published Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China's Technological Development, which was recently discussed in the Economist. 

 

The IPC hosted Canadian Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland in March for a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics including trade, innovation, economic development, inequality and Kendall Square. Joining in the discussion were Liz Reynolds, Executive Director, IPC, MIT Professors Daron Acemoglu and Krishna Rajagopal, IPC Senior Researchers Carlos Martinez and Tim Sturgeon, Professor Willy Shih of HBS and Kuldeep Neote, Senior Director of New Ventures at the Johnson and Johnson Innovation Center. Members of the Canadian Consulate also participatedDiscussion touched upon the recent paper by Professor David Autor on the impact of trade with China on U.S. labor markets.  

 

INNOVATION

Scale Up  The IPC released its report, “Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up?” The report provides a more detailed understanding of the processes by which innovative companies scale up their businesses and compares Boston, Silicon Valley & New York in terms of starting and growing companies to scale. Read the Boston Globe article, the press release, the MIT News Article or download the full report or executive summary.

Seven minute video, highlights from the CEO Panel discussion:

 

MIT Innovation Orchards Building on an article published by President Rafael Reif in the Washington Post, IPC Executive Director Liz Reynolds and Senior Director of Institute Affairs Glen Comiso flesh out the concept of “innovation orchards” in this white paper, Translating Ideas into Impact: Supporting and Accelerating the Innovation Orchards at MIT and Beyond that outlines how ideas developed at MIT get translated to the market place and ways in which MIT can enhance and encourage greater translational work.

 

The IPC in Brazil 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 base on the German Fraunhofer model. More...

PRODUCTION

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.

ENERGY

Joint MIT-Japan White Paper: Compatibility of Nuclear and Renewables with Grid Stability, Economics and Deregulation The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and several Japanese organizations (University of Tokyo, Central Research Institute for Electric Power, Institute of Energy Economics of Japan and the Tokyo Institute of Technology) have initiated a U.S.-Japan Joint Study of the Future of Nuclear Energy. This includes joint studies on how to integrate nuclear and renewables into a low-carbon electricity grid in a deregulated electricity market. MORE

The IPC and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) held five roundtable discussions on regional strategies to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon energy economy in 2013-2014. The roundtables engaged utility executives, advanced energy companies and regulators at at MIT, in San Antonio, Texas, Aspen, Colorado, New York and Boston (click links to see discussion summaries).

GLOBALIZATION

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.