In 1989, the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity produced the Made in America report. One of the recommendations of Made in America was to establish the Industrial Performance Center (IPC) to carry on the interdisciplinary investigations of industrial productivity, innovation, and competitiveness that the Commission had begun. Established in 1991, with the help of a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the IPC has brought together faculty and students from all five MIT Schools in research collaborations on industry. Since its inception, the faculty, students and affiliates of the IPC have produced numerous books, articles, papers and other publications that have advanced the understanding of strategic, technological, and organizational developments in a broad range of industries.

Book | January 22, 2019

Broken Ladders: Managerial Careers in the New Economy

Paul Osterman

Osterman is the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management at MIT Sloan, as well as a member of the Department of Urban Planning.

Broken Ladders reports on the employment security, advancement prospects, skills, and wages of managers in a wide range of firms and industries.

Book | January 22, 2019

Employment Relations in a Changing World Economy

Michael J. Piore

Michael J. Piore is on the faculty of the Department of Economics at MIT.

Thomas A. Kochan

Richard Locke

By collaborating, the contributors seek to clarify the dynamics of employment relations across the world today, and to set the terms of reference for a new generation of international-comparative employment research.

Book | January 22, 2019

Beyond Individualism

Michael J. Piore

Michael J. Piore is on the faculty of the Department of Economics at MIT.

This book takes up the urgent question of how, in a time of economic crisis and constraint, we can meet the pent-up demand for spending on our nation’s neglected poor, infirm, and disadvantaged, old and young.

Book | January 22, 2019

The Mutual Gains Enterprise

Thomas A. Kochan

Paul Osterman

The Mutual Gains Enterprise is an urgent and compelling call for workplace reform, showing how American business can indeed attain world-class, sustainable competitive advantage - in addition to securing more rewarding employment for workers.

Book | January 22, 2019

Made In America: Regaining the Productive Edge

Richard Lester

Richard Lester is the founding Executive Director and Faculty Chair of the Industrial Performance Center.

Michael L. Dertouzos

Robert M. Solow

Based on interviews with hundreds of workers, this vivid portrait not only identifies weaknesses and problems in management and productivity, but offers workable solutions for making American business work well again.

Working Paper | January 22, 2019

Brazil’s Role in the Biopharmaceutical Global Value Chain

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Ezequiel Zylberberg

Ezequiel Zylberberg is a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Industrial Performance Center, where he collaborates on various research projects, including the SENAI-funded Accelerating Innovation in Brazil project. Ezequiel earned his DPhil in Management Studies from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School as a member of Green Templeton College. His research interests […]

Victoria Del Campo

Brazil’s biopharmaceutical market has experienced dramatic changes since 2000, with improvements in the performance of local firms, as well as an expansion in consumer demand and productive capacity, which have made the country the sixth largest market in the world.

Working Paper | January 22, 2019

The University as an Engine of Innovation: Critical Case Studies from Brazil and the U.S.

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Fernanda de Negri

The university’s role now extends well beyond just research and education to more applied and translational work with industry as well as more entrepreneurial activities that support new venture formations among students and faculty.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Exploring the Risks of Value Chain Modularity: Electronics Outsourcing During the Industry Cycle of 1992-2002

Timothy J. Sturgeon

Timothy J. Sturgeon is a Senior Researcher at the IPC.

This paper focuses mainly on the issues of supply-base concentration and increased buyer-supplier lock-in through an examination of recent trends in what is perhaps the best case of value chain modularity, product-level electronics.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Diffusion of Academic R&D Capabilities as an Industrial Innovation Policy? – The Development of Israel’s IT Industry

Dan Breznitz

This paper focuses on the Israeli case and argues that unlike India and Ireland, Israel's competitive advantage in the IT industries, is in Research and Development (R&D).

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

The 2010 National Organizations Survey: Examining the Relationships Between Job Quality and the Domestic and International Sourcing of Business Functions by United States Organizations

Timothy J. Sturgeon

Timothy J. Sturgeon is a Senior Researcher at the IPC.

Clair Brown

Connor Cole

This paper presents the results from the 2010 National Organizations Survey (NOS). The survey is representative of U.S. full-time jobs.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Services Offshoring Working Group Final Report

Timothy J. Sturgeon

Timothy J. Sturgeon is a Senior Researcher at the IPC.

Frank Levy

Although the scale of services offshoring has likely been modest so far, it will inevitably grow and stimulate changes in the United States economy — both positive and negative — through the relocation of work and the internationalization of innovative activities.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Direct Measurement of Global Value Chains: Collecting Product- and Firm-Level Statistics on Value Added and Business Function Outsourcing and Offshoring

Timothy J. Sturgeon

Timothy J. Sturgeon is a Senior Researcher at the IPC.

Peter Nielsen

Global value chains (GVCs) have changed the assumptions behind current data regimes and statistical systems are struggling to catch up. In this chapter, we confront the obvious. It will be exceedingly difficult to fill the data gaps caused by global economic integration without new data.