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
Paper Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Firms and the Political Economy of China’s Technological Development
IPC's Douglas Fuller has published this book on China's domestic financial system. The system fails most private firms by neglecting to give them sufficient support to pursue technological upgrading, even while smothering state-favoured firms by providing them with too much support. Due to their foreign financing, multinational corporation's suffer from neither insufficient funds nor soft budget constraints, but they are insufficiently committed to China's development. Hybrid firms that combine ethnic Chinese management and foreign financing are the hidden dragons driving China's technological development. They avoid the maladies of China's domestic financial system while remaining committed to enhancing China's domestic technological capabilities.
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.
IPC represented at MIT China Conference
IPC Executive Director, Elisabeth Reynolds (left), Associate Provost Karen Gleason, and other speakers at the MIT China Conference held in Yangpu District, Shanghai in November. 2017 Conversation centered around innovation as well as collaboration between local companies and MIT. The Shanghai Daily covered the collaboration.
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.
IPC Publishes Op-Ed in Boston Globe
IPC Executive Director Elisabeth Reynolds published an Op-Ed in The Boston Globe entitled The New Face of Manufacturing Jobs.
Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How Does Massachusetts Measure Up?
This report describes the results of a study of scale-up among some of Massachusetts’ most innovative companies. The study was carried out at the MIT Industrial Performance Center over an 18-month period. The goal was to gain a more detailed understanding of the processes by which innovative companies scale up their businesses, and to assess how the Massachusetts economy compares in this dimension of performance with other regions of the country.