Summary of Skills and Innovation Strategies to Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing
Lessons from Germany
Brookings Institution © 2015. Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase
Learning how Germany bridges the “valley of death” can help US manufacturing.
The “valley of death” – the gap between basic research and the commercialization of new products – is a chasm too wide to cross for many US manufacturers, especially those in small and medium-sized businesses. Not so for Germany’s thriving manufacturing sector, which benefits from a top-down culture built on innovation. The Brookings Institution’s intriguing report shows how the United States can prepare for a manufacturing renaissance by nurturing innovation through government, industry and civic cooperation. getAbstract recommends this informative study to manufacturing executives, policy makers, educators and researchers.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the United States can learn from Germany’s structured supports for manufacturing, and
- How a policy focus on small and medium-sized firms and on widening the talent pool can foster innovation.
- How a policy focus on small and medium-size firms and on widening the talent pool can foster innovation.
About the Authors
Alan Berube is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution, where Joseph Parilla is a research analyst and Jesus Leal Trujillo is a research assistant.
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