Save the Date: MIT group to present findings of global manufacturing study on 9/20 in Cambridge

Public now has the benefit of major research to discuss: what kind of production does the U.S. need and where must it be located to sustain an innovation economy?

September 19, 2013

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Sarah McDonnell
Phone: 617-253-8923
MIT News Office

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Friday, Sept. 20, the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) group will present the final conclusions of their global manufacturing study during a conference at MIT. Institute President L. Rafael Reif and Dow Chemical President and CEO Andrew Liveris are also expected to speak, with experts from industry, government and academia joining the conversation.

The event coincides with the release of "Making in America: from Innovation to Market" and its forthcoming companion Production in the Innovation Economy, which together are the full report of findings from two years of in-depth research led by MIT Professors Suzanne Berger and Phillip Sharp and the PIE Commission. MIT scientists, engineers, social scientists, and management experts visited more than 250 firms in the U.S., Germany and China for the study.

The study sample included innovative start-ups out of MIT, Main Street manufacturers and U.S.-based multinational companies. The group also carried out the first nationally representative survey of manufacturing establishments to query employers about the skills they need in production workers (nearly 1,000 respondents) and examined the ways Germany and China support innovation and production that might offer insights for the U.S.

More Information

The PIE research “is laser-focused on the question of innovation,” says MIT Associate Provost Martin Schmidt, a member of the PIE Commission and the Head of Industry Offices at the Institute. “How does manufacturing relate to the innovation process? With that focus and a number of different perspectives, we were able to develop a very robust set of information that not only affirms the importance of production to the innovation process, but also is fairly specific as to why.”

A preview of this report was presented earlier this year during a briefing at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. That preliminary report and a summary of the findings are online here. Background about Production in the Innovation Economy, a special MIT commission on innovation, is at

Media RSVP, Interviews and Book Requests

To attend the conference and/or arrange interviews about the findings, please contact Kimberly Allen at or 617-253-2702.

For review copies of "Making in America," please contact Colleen Lanick with MIT Press at

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