Featured publications

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. 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.


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.

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.