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.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

How Computerized Work and Globalization Shape Human Skill Demands

Frank Levy

Richard J. Murnane

Our purpose in this paper is to outline these changes and their educational implications from an economist’s perspective. In sum, what education and skills are needed to earn a decent living in the labor market created by computers and globalization?

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Offshoring and Radiology

Frank Levy

Ari Goelman

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Modular Production’s Impact on Japan’s Electronics Industry

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

This chapter examines the process of global integration through the lens of national industrial models – the collection of routines and strategies generally shared by corporate managers in a particular society.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Value Chains, Networks and Clusters: Reframing the Global Automotive Industry

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

Johannes Van Biesebroeck

Gary Gereffi

In this article, we apply global value chain (GVC) analysis to recent trends in the global automotive industry, with special attention paid to the case of North America.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

From Commodity Chains to Value Chains: Interdisciplinary Theory Building in an Age of Globalization

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

Recent changes in the global economy, especially the rise of East Asia as an economic force, have rendered static notions of permanent dependency and underdevelopment obsolete.

Book | August 30, 2018

The Dynamics of Local Learning in Global Value Chains Experiences from East Asia

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

Momoko Kawakami

This book investigates the process and mechanism of the capability development of East Asian local manufacturers, which has underpinned their phenomenal rise in the world's competitive landscape of industrial production during the last few decades.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Compressed Development

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

D. Hugh Whittaker

Tianbiao Zhu

Book | August 30, 2018

The New Division of Labor: How Computers Are Creating the Next Job Market

Frank Levy

Richard J. Murnane

In The New Division of Labor, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane show how computers are changing the employment landscape and how the right kinds of education can ease the transition to the new job market.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Globalization and Jobs in the Automotive Industry

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

Richard Florida

As we enter the new millennium, globalization has emerged as one of the most salient and powerful forces shaping domestic and world economies

Project | August 30, 2018

Global Value Chains and Economic Globalization- Towards a new Measurement Framework

Timothy J. Sturgeon

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

Economic globalization is a dynamic, long-term historical process that ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes, and changes its character and extent over time, all with profound effects on countries in the trading system.

Working Paper | August 30, 2018

Offshoring Radiology Services to India

Frank Levy

Young-Hee Yu

In this paper, we discuss teleradiology and image reconstruction from the perspectives of both India and its client countries.

Book | August 30, 2018

How we Compete

Suzanne Berger

Suzanne Berger is the John M. Deutch Institute Professor of Political Science at MIT.

Based on a five-year study by the MIT Industrial Performance Center, How We Compete goes into the trenches of over 500 international companies to discover which practices are succeeding in today’s global economy, which are failing –and why.