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May 16, 2014

MIT - Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0) is a national effort appointed by President Obama to secure US leadership in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America’s global competitiveness. MIT and the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative co-host the AMP 2.0 Regional Meeting on May 16, 2014. The plenary session, "Growing Advanced Manufacturing Companies to Scale," was moderated by IPC Executive Director Elisabeth B. Reynolds. Learn more about the conference and view other videos from the sessions.


Startups are a great start, but not the goal
via The Economist | Apr 4th 2014

IPC Alum 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.

Book release: Innovation in India: Combining Economic Growth with Inclusive Development Hardcover – 2014
by Shyama V. Ramani (Editor)
Apr 3th 2014

IPC Alum 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.

21st Century Electricity Systems CEO Forum
March 5, 2014

The IPC and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) completed their fifth and final round table with a  21st Century Electricity Systems CEO Forum in March in Boston discussing regional strategies to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon energy economy. Five roundtables with utility executives, advanced energy companies and regulators have been held in the last year at MIT, in San Antonio, Texas, Aspen, Colorado, New York and Boston (click links to see discussion summaries).


Findings from the MIT Production in the Innovation (PIE) Economy project were presented at MIT in the fall of 2013. 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 partnered with Advanced Energy Economy to hold four regional roundtable meetings across the country with senior energy leaders to discuss the role of regions in accelerating the transition to a lower-carbon energy economy. The first roundtable was held at MIT in March, the second in San Antonio, Texas in June, the third in Aspen, Colorado in August and a fourth in the fall of 2013 in New York. The roundtables highlighted current practices, opportunities and challenges that exist at the regional level in energy innovation to both support and promote regional approaches. They also helped lay the foundation for a new phase of regionally-informed federal energy policies that support regional variations in energy policies and approaches to energy innovation. This Regional Energy Innovation Roundtable series builds upon a roundtable hosted by the IPC and AEE in March 2012 in which a select group of leaders from across the energy innovation spectrum, including industrial practitioners from the entrepreneurial sector, government policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels, regulators, investors, and others, met to discuss progress to date in regional energy innovation efforts and the challenges that exist in trying to accelerate energy innovation in regions across the country. The regional energy innovation model proposed by Lester and Hart (Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build A Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System. MIT Press, 2012.) provided a point of departure for the discussion, while the experiences of AEE chapters provided grounding in current practice. A summary of that discussion is available here (pdf).

The IPC co-sponsored, with the MIT Science Policy Initiative, a talk by Bill Janeway entitled, What I Learned by 'Doing Capitalism.' Dr. Janeway, a 30-year veteran of the investment banking and venture capital industries, discussed his experience working at the intersection of finance, technology and innovation. He reflected on the system of innovation in the U.S., the importance of financial bubbles to technological advances, and the role government has and should play in encouraging innovation. The talk was held on Thursday, October 17th from 4:00 - 5:00pm in Room 56-154. For more details, see here. Read about Dr. Janeway in the New York Times.


Jesse Jenkins joins the IPC as a Research Associate with the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project. Jesse is a S.M. candidate in the Technology and Policy Program. His research focuses on understanding the role of policy in supporting and accelerating technological innovation in the energy and manufacturing sectors. He is particularly interested in developing the optimal policy environment to drive rapid cost and performance improvements in low-carbon energy technologies, facilitating their global adoption.

Prior to MIT, Jesse worked as Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Breakthrough Institute (insert link:, an independent public policy think tank, and as a Research and Policy Associate at a renewable energy policy organization in Portland, Oregon. He holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Science and Philosophy from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. You can find Jesse's LinkedIn profile here.

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Former IPC Researcher Smita Srinivas publishes a new book, Market Menagerie, Health and Development in Late Industrial States (Stanford University Press, 2012). Market Menagerie examines technological advance and market regulation in the health industries of nations such as India, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and China.

Pharmaceutical and life science industries can reinforce economic development and industry growth, but not necessarily positive health outcomes. Yet well-crafted industrial and health policies can strengthen each other and reconcile economic and social goals. This book advocates moving beyond traditional market failure to bring together three uncommonly paired themes: the growth of industrial capabilities, the politics of health access, and the geography of production and redistribution. Order the book.

Summer UROPS join the IPC. Four undergraduates have joined the IPC for the summer. Darci Reed (a freshman in mechanical engineering), Jack Sul (a freshmen in mathematics) and Laura Liu (a junior at Wellesley College majoring in economics) are all working on the Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project on the scale up and new manufacturing technologies module. Douglas Nmagu (sophomore, chemical engineering) is working on identifying innovative companies working in the biomanufacturing industry in New England.

SASE comes to MIT. The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics will be held at MIT from June 28-30th. The Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project will be discussed as one of the featured panels: Is There a Future for Manufacturing in Advanced Industrial Countries? with Suzanne Berger, Susan Helper, Wolfgang Streeck, and Dan Breznitz. more

Liz Reynolds comments for the 2011 Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy on the importance of interdisciplinary research in Intersections that Matter. download pdf : visit website


IPC Executive Director Liz Reynolds joined a panel discussion at the following event, "Why - and Which - Manufacturing Matters: Innovation and Production in the United States", that was held on February 22 in Washington, DC at The Brookings Institution. To view the archived video of this event, click here. In related media, she was also quoted in this AP article.

Ashley Finan, Ph.D. candidate in Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), is intent on developing better policy for energy innovation. Her journey on improving the framework surrounding clean energy solutions and climate change began as an undergraduate at MIT in 2002, and is culminating with her doctoral thesis. She discussed her research, and her views on present and future conditions regarding energy policies, in a feature article and in a short video; both available by clicking here.

The IPC is proud to announce the appointment of visiting scholar Professor Benjamin Temkin, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science. Prof. Temkin is on sabbatical from FLACSO, Mexico and will be conducting research on issues relating to informal employment and globalization, as well as on electoral behavior and politics this academic year.

MIT President Susan Hockfield stresses that investment in the cycle of invention and manufacturing is important in the US. She shared her thoughts in an op ed piece in the NY Times called "Manufacturing a Recovery", published on August 29, 2011. Read a pdf version of the article here.

IPC Executive Director Liz Reynolds was a panelist at the recent Clean Technology Conference and Expo, held in Boston, MA. She and several colleagues discussed issues related to the topic, "Cleantech Regional Cluster Initiatives" on June 15 at the Hynes Auditorium.

IPC Senior Research Affiliate, Timothy Sturgeon, delivered the inaugural lecture at the public launch of the new Industrial Studies Chair in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban South Africa. The chair was awarded to Professor Justin Barnes, a long-time student of the South African motor vehicle industry and facilitator of the Durban Automotive Cluster.

The IPC hosted a Spring Seminar series that served as a thesis workshop for the center's affiliated students, held during March - May, 2011. To learn more about the series, and for a complete list of doctoral and masters students who participated, and their research topics, click here.

The Boston Globe published a special magazine, on Sunday, May 15, 2011, that celebrates MIT at 150, the 150th anniversary of the Institute. The edition features ideas, inventions, and innovators that have helped shape the world including an introduction written by Bill Gates and a condensed version of President Susan Hockfield's speech from the recently held Next Century Convocation. Click here for corresponding web content.

On Monday, March 14, 2011, the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) held an information session, about the current situation at Fukushima, Japan, for the MIT community. The session was chaired by Prof. Richard K. Lester, head of the department of NSE and faculty director of the IPC. To view this event on TechTV click here.

Suzanne Berger, MIT professor of political science and co-chair of the institute's research panel on reviving US manufacturing, discusses the topic on WBUR's radio program, "Here and Now", January 4, 2011.


IPC Executive Director Elisabeth Reynolds wins 2010 Industry Studies Association best dissertation award.

Elisabeth Reynolds named Executive Director of the IPC.

The MIT Department of Economics, Political Science and the Sloan School of Management hosted an all day conference followed by dinner to celebrate the distinguished career of Michael Piore, the David W. Skinner Professor of Political Economy. The conference included the following speakers and topics:

  • Suzanne Berger on Economic Development
    Discussant: Richard Locke
  • Charles Sable on Regulation
    Discussant: Andrew Schrank
  • Richard Lester on Innovation
    Discussant: Frank Levy
  • Diane Burton and Paul Osterman on Internal Labor Markets
    Discussant: Thomas Kochan
  • Natasha Ishkander on Immigration
    Discussant: Chris Tilly
  • Sean Safford on Identity
    Discussant: Maureen Scully

The papers presented will be published next year.

Paul Osterman with Michael Piore

In his new book Playing our Game, Edward Steinfeld examines the global impact and implications of China’s rapid economic growth. He spoke recently with China Real Time. Playing our Game was reviewed in Foreign Affairs.

Richard Lester discusses work at MIT on the culture of innovation in a recent NECN program.

IPC Senior Research Affiliate Tim Sturgeon comments on Toyota's recall troubles in the context of automobile/electronics industry convergence.


IPC doctoral student Edward Cunningham testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's energy policymaking structure.

A detailed analysis of powerplants in China by IPC researchers debunks the widespread notion that outmoded energy technology or the absence of government regulation is to blame for that country's notorious air-pollution problems. MIT News Release

Richard Lester delivers keynote address on energy innovation at the Centennial Meeting of the National Governors Association in Philadelphia.

Michael Piore delivers the 2008 Presidential Address to the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

IPC Research Affiliate and former Doctoral Fellow Dan Breznitz receives the American Political Science Association's  2008 Don Price Award for the best book on science and technology  for his book Innovation and the State.

Richard Lester calls for regional energy innovation strategy for New England. IPC collaborates with Council on Competitiveness and Massachusetts Business Roundtable on Regional Innovation Summit.

Michael Piore delivers the 2008 Presidential Address to the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

IPC Research Affiliate and former Doctoral Fellow Dan Breznitz receives the American Political Science Association's  2008 Don Price Award for the best book on science and technology  for his book Innovation and the State.

IPC hosts Industry Studies Annual Conference — 2008. More than 350 industry studies researchers from around the world gather in Boston for the event.

IPC researcher Liz Reynolds hosts roundtable for 10 local biotechnology firms to discuss location strategies for biomanufacturing.


IPC awarded $2M grant to review U.S. energy technology innovation.

Richard Lester to advise Australian National Innovation Review.

IPC enters into partnership with John Adams Innovation Institute to study the competitiveness of Massachusetts Industries.

Economists Frank Levy and Peter Temin analyze the causes of income inequality in a new working paper. Their diagnosis receives extensive media coverage.

MIT Study Team including IPC faculty Richard Lester and Edward Steinfeld publish major study on The Future of Coal: Options for a Carbon-Constrained World.


Sean Safford's doctoral research on the Youngstown economy featured in a television series.

IPC Services Offshoring Working Group, led by Tim Sturgeon and Frank Levy, issues Final Report.

Former IPC Doctoral Fellow Gunnar Trumbull publishes new book, Consumer Capitalism: Politics, Product Markets, and Firm Strategy in France and Germany.

Research on radiology outsourcing by Prof. Frank Levy and IPC doctoral fellow Ari Goelman the subject of a recent New York Times article.

How We Compete reviewed in the Financial Times. Prof. Berger interviewed on National Public Radio.


IPC doctoral graduates Ari Goelman (first prize) and Danny Breznitz (second prize) are the two winners of the 2005 Sloan Industry Studies Dissertation Award competition.

Prof. Suzanne Berger and the IPC Globalization Study team publish How We Compete: What Companies Around the World are Doing to Make it in Today's Global Economy, summarizing the results of a five-year research project on globalization and its implications for advanced economies.

Recent IPC doctoral graduate Sean Safford (now assistant professor at U. of Chicago Business School) interviewed on National Public Radio about his dissertation research.

Former IPC Doctoral Fellow Pierre Azoulay awarded 2005 Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship.

Prof. Suzanne Berger awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite by the Government of France.

Prof. Richard Lester discusses nuclear fuel reprocessing in testimony before the House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee.

IPC doctoral student Ed Cunningham awarded 2005 Fulbright Fellowship to study in China.


IPC doctoral graduate Sean Safford receives the 2004 Louis R. Pondy Award for the Best Paper Based on A Dissertation, awarded by the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. Safford's paper, "Why the Garden Club Couldn't Save Youngstown," also receives the 2004 Graduate Student Paper Award of the Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

IPC doctoral student Doug Fuller comments on China's industrial development and its implications for the U.S. economy in a Boston Globe essay.

Profs. Frank Levy and Dick Murnane discuss their new book, "The New Division of Labor," on News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Profs. Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane publish their new book, "The New Division of Labor: How Computers are Creating the Next Job Market" (Princeton University Press, 2004).

"The New Division of Labor," by Profs. Frank Levy and Richard Murnane, is discussed in the Financial Times.

Profs. Richard Lester and Michael Piore publish their new book, "Innovation — The Missing Dimension" (Harvard University Press, 2004).


Profs. Richard Lester and John Deutch publish their new book, "Making Technology Work: Applications in Energy and the Environment" (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Prof. Suzanne Berger awarded the 2003 "Prix Européen du Livre d'Economie" for her new book, "The First Globalization: Lessons from the French" (published in French under the title: "Notre Première Mondialisation: Leçons d'un échec oublié," Paris, Seuil, 2003).

Center Director Richard Lester and colleagues publish new MIT report on the Future of Nuclear Power.

Doctoral alum Kamal Malek wins "High Impact Market Research" award for product and brand development software developed by his startup based on his dissertation research at the IPC.