About the IPC

The IPC takes on key questions facing firms, industries or regions and countries regarding building greater innovation capacity that can lead to benefits for all members of society. The IPC often convenes key actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors including education to discuss the challenges that an increasingly dynamic, competitive, and global economy presents. Our interdisciplinary teams observe, analyze, debate and report on strategic, technological, and organizational developments in a broad range of industries and examine the implications for society and the global economy. 

The MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) was founded in 1992 as one of a network of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Study Centers. The center was created to continue the research of the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity, whose best-selling report, Made in America: Regaining the Productive Edge (MIT Press, 1989), developed a blueprint for upgrading the productivity performance of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Later interdisciplinary IPC projects have included:

Innovation Ecosystems
Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How does Massachusetts Measure Up? (2015)
Strengthening the Innovative Ecosystem for Advanced Manufacturing (2015)

The University Role in Innovation-led Regional Economic Growth
Local Innovation Systems (LIS) Project (2005)

Design and New Product Development
Innovation—The Missing Dimension (2004)

Advanced Manufacturing 
Making in America (2013)
Production in the Innovation Economy (2013)

Energy Technology Policy
Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System (2011)
The Future of Coal (2007)
The Future of Nuclear Power (2003)

How We Compete: What Companies Around the World are Doing to Make it in Today’s Global Economy (2005)

Major Studies of National Economies
Accelerating Innovation in Brazil (2014- present)
Global Taiwan (2005)
Made By Hong Kong (1997)