BRIE was founded on one simple premise: that there can be no long-term low-tech prosperity for the American economy. Continued leadership in the development, production, and use of new technologies here in the United States is the key to America’s economic health. Through such landmark publications as Manufacturing Matters, BRIE research has shown that national comparative advantage is created not revealed, that high-tech trade patterns are massively influenced by domestic policies, that what a nation produces and trades – the composition of domestic production – matters mightily for its growth and security.
Since the mid-1990s, the Center for Industrial Competitiveness has been known for its pathbreaking research on industrial innovation, regional development, corporate governance, and sustainable propserity. Through an accumulation of detailed studies of industrial sectors, we have developed a profound understanding of the inner workings of the Massachusetts economy. At the same time, our research and consulting on industrial competitiveness throughout the world provide us with a global perspective on regional development.
The Centre for Innovation, Knowledge and Development (IKD) researches the dynamics between technology creation and diffusion, business behavior, government and non-governmental actors. A primary focus is on exploring ways that knowledge and innovation can contribute to inclusive and sustainable patterns of development. IKD’s strength comes from its diversity and its ability to cross traditional discipline boundaries. This permits research relevant to that primary focus in the following areas for example: Governance and conflict; education; migration and diaspora; health; medical and agricultural biotechnology; innovation and industry dynamics; capabilities and capacity development; public-private partnerships; regulatory frameworks; social justice, complexity and enterprise development and entrepreneurship. In May 2009 William Lazonick joined with Mariana Mazzucato, deputy director of IKD, to run a conference in London that launched the Financial Institutions and Economic Security project is to delve into the role of financial institutions in supporting or undermining economic security in the advanced nations of the West, and the implications for industrial innovation and economic performance.
The Irish economy has attracted significant attention from researchers and policymakers for its rapid industrialization and economic development. The role of foreign multinationals in transforming the nation into being an export-led, knowledge-based economy has been well-documented. The Lucerna project delves into this industrialization process by utilizing a unique approach that focuses on analyzing the factors of existing technological capabilities. The research team has developed the Lucerna database consisting of technology-based firms in Ireland in order to study the tech-based economy in a virtual-laboratory environment. The firm-level data has been -and is still being- analyzed by the research team. The database allows the research team to identify key industrial clusters and their capabilities through systematic analysis of firms, regions and industries. Further information about the Lucerna project and Capabilities & Competitiveness: A Methodological Approach for Understanding Irish Economic Transformation report can be found on the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change website. ChinaAnalysis.com Co-founded by theAIRnet board members William Lazonick and Hao Xie, ChinaAnalysis.com provides strategic insights and in-depth analysis of innovation in China , and proposes policy and management solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions and the business sector. At the same time, the website promotes knowledge-sharing among all experts and organizations engaged in China-related analysis, especially in the field of innovation and economic development.
Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN) is a diverse group of academic researchers from more than 30 universities who share a deep interest and concern about the state of work and employment in the United States and around the world. William Lazonick has written a paper that lays much of the blame on the financialized business corporation for the disappearance of middle-class jobs in the United States over the past three decades. The paper is posted on the website of the Employment Policy Research Network. Finance, Innovation and Growth (FINNOV) FINNOV is a research collaboration between seven European Institutions aimed at understanding the relationship between changing financial markets, innovation dynamics, and economic performance. The project studies how these relationships influence economic growth as it is experienced by individuals, businesses and the wider economy. This will assist policy makers and European industry to understand the sources, implications and management of positive and negative changes in financial markets. Please visit the FINNOV website for more information about the project.