Current Research

Competitiveness and Manufacturing

This research examines the role of manufacturing in US economic performance and asks whether the relative decline in US manufacturing is a cause for concern. It focuses on how manufacturing competences may influence an economy's potential for innovation. Much of the research from this project will be published in the book (co-authored with Willy Shih), Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance (Harvard Business Review Press, October 2012). I am also initiating research (joint with Harvard colleague Pian Shu) on how the migration of manufacturing activities off-shore might impact demand for R&D workers in the US.


My research in this field seeks to understand why the organizational and managerial factors underpinning superior innovation performance. I am currently engaged in two specific research projects. One, joint with Giada di Stefano (HEC, Paris), Francesca Gino (Harvard Business School), and Brad Staats (University of North Carolina), seeks to understand how sharing know-how with collaborators might improve innovative performance. A second study examines how location impacts organizations' capacity for innovation.

Understanding the Drivers and Limits of Corporate Growth

Perhaps no issues garners more attention of senior executives and Boards of Directors than growth. Yet, the underlying factors shaping and limiting corporate growth are poorly understood. Empirically, we know that some corporations grow much faster than others over long periods of time. Some appear to have done a better jobg managing growth than others. But there is little consensus, and even less evidence, concerning the strategies companies can adopt to maintain desired growth rates. This research examines the underlying economics of corporate growth, and seeks to shed light on some issues as: Are their limits to the growth of organizations, and, if so, what governs those limits? Why do some firms grow faster (and longer) than others?