Our Five Areas of Research
With a particular interest in Innovation, Productivity and Competitiveness, the MIT Industrial Performance Center brings together teams of researchers in engineering, science, management and the social sciences at MIT and beyond to carry out innovative, applied research in the following areas.
The MIT Work of the Future initiative explores the relationship between technology, work and society and how technology and relevant institutions can be developed to enhance human activities and support all workers.More
Advanced manufacturing is at the center of all of the IPC’s work whether at the firm or industry level, or as it relates to systems of innovation at the regional and national level.More
Building an advanced energy system requires innovation not only in new renewable energy technologies but in institutional and policy arrangements. IPC research examines each of these dimensions to support better energy delivery models.More
Focused on the nexus of technology and business strategy, IPC research on globalization looks at how firms and industries organize across geography to compete globally and the implications for economic development in countries and regions.More
Fostering Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing in Boston
The IPC hosted a tour of Boston's emerging hub for innovation in Advanced Manufacturing in the Seaport District. Within blocks of each other, the new non-profit MassRobotics, Autodesk's, BUILD Space, and Flex's Innovation Center offer a window into the way in which Innovation in hardware and software are creating unprecedented possibilities for manufacturing and related services.
What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World?
An article in the New York Times, discusses how as the economy has changed, so too have the relationships between places, to the disadvantage of smaller cities and rural areas. The IPC's Timothy Sturgeon participated in the discussion.
Innovation in Brazil, Advancing Development in the 21st Century
In this book, the editors unite a diverse array of empirical contributions around a few key themes, including public policies, institutions and innovation ecosystems, and firms and industries, that collectively make the case for a new, forward-looking innovation agenda aimed at addressing persistent challenges and exploiting emerging opportunities in Brazil. Its conclusions offer valuable lessons for other developing and emerging economies seeking to accelerate innovation and growth in the modern age.