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.