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.



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. The IPC seeks to help leaders in business, government, education and other sectors of society better understand global industrial developments and create practical new approaches for strengthening public policies, business strategies, technical practices, and educational programs. More...



Findings from the MIT Production in the Innovation (PIE) Economy project were presented in an all-day event at MIT on September 20th. Review the conference agenda and watch presentations by speakers.

The IPC hosted a session entitled, Growing Innovative Companies to Scale. The session included two panel discussions which are available to view online: Strengths and Weaknesses in the U.S. Innovation Ecosystem: CEO Perspectives and Strategies for Scaling: Venture and Corporate Perspectives.

Download a copy of the IPC working paper on this topic, and the slides from the NAS presentation.


The IPC and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) hosted their fifth 21st Century Electricity Systems CEO Forum in March in Boston to discuss regional strategies to accelerating the transition to a lower-carbon energy economy (more). Four roundtables with utility executives, advanced energy companies and regulators have been held to date in the last year at MIT, in San Antonio, Texas, Aspen, Colorado, and New York (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 in the Innovation Economy (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 do companies and regions maintain and further their innovative capacity in a globalizing industry?


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