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 IPC often convenes key actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing firms, industries, regions and countries in an increasingly dynamic, competitive, and 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:

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

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

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

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

Major Studies of the Economic Future of Hong Kong and Taiwan
Made By Hong Kong (1997)
Global Taiwan (2005)

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


The IPC launched a major study of building innovative capacity in Brazil in 2014.