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Suzanne Berger, co-chair of MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy project, reports on MIT’s research and analysis of US manufacturing. She stresses manufacturing’s vital importance in maintaining the US as a global innovation leader. Her wise recommendations center on revitalizing US manufacturing and aligning it with future technologies. getAbstract recommends her cogent historical overview, practical solutions and insights about the future to investors, entrepreneurs, business owners, start-ups, innovators and anyone in manufacturing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why US manufacturing is in steep decline,
  • How manufacturing affects innovation and vice versa,
  • What the current state of the US industrial ecosystem is, and
  • How to improve and revitalize manufacturing.

About the Author

Suzanne Berger is the Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science at MIT and co-chair of MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy project.



The Decline of US Manufacturing
American manufacturing is in steep decline so manufacturing jobs also are down. The United States’ global share of the high-tech manufacturing market was 28% in 2010, a drop from 34% in 1998. In 1980, approximately one in five US workers held a manufacturing...

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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Interesting. Growth in the US is too much based on consumption. We need to get back to production growth.  The opposite is true for China. 

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