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Projects | September 29, 2020

MIT Global Research Network

Elisabeth Reynolds, Timothy Sturgeon, Jason Jackson, Charles Fine

The Global Research Network (GRN) is an MIT-led network of researchers, generating comparative international research to help reach data-driven conclusions on topics related to the work of the future, as well as other relevant topics.

This network is building on the foundation established by the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. With the publication of the Task Force’s final report in fall 2020, new initiatives like the GRN will be one mechanism for continuing the Task Force’s work and impact.

The MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) will oversee the GRN.  Elisabeth Reynolds is the executive director of both the Work of the Future and the IPC. Launching the GRN under her leadership will maintain synergy and momentum behind MIT’s considerable efforts focused on the work of the future.

One of GRN’s initial pilot projects, led by Senior Researcher Timothy Sturgeon, involves collaboration in three countries: Brazil, Malaysia, and Turkey. The research explores the relationship between the adoption of emerging technologies and work with the intent to generate internationally comparable knowledge about how emerging technologies are shaping innovation, industrial performance, international competitiveness, and the work of the future. This initial research focuses on the manufacturing sector and the adoption of new, emerging technologies including networked production systems, cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

The study uses both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, developed and managed by MIT, including:

Other research projects and collaborations with international partners are expected to be launched in the coming months. Details of these projects will be posted once they have been finalized. Through this body of research, the network will produce internationally comparable results that will help generate insights into the interactions between technology adoption and work across various countries and industries.

Researchers leading MIT Global Research Network efforts:

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MIT Global Research Network

Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Timothy Sturgeon Senior Researcher, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Jason Jackson Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning
Charles Fine Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management; Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems

The Global Research Network is an MIT-led network of researchers, generating comparative international research to help reach data-driven conclusions on topics related to the work of the future and other relevant topics.

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Suzanne Berger Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Elisabeth Reynolds Executive Director, MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future; Executive Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center; Principal Research Scientist; Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Frank Levy Rose Professor Emeritus, MIT
Susan Helper Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Daniel Traficonte PhD Candidate, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Anna Waldman-Brown Research Associate and PhD Student

MIT WotF task force researches trends in several industries in terms of technology adoption, changing skills requirements and overall changes to work and jobs.

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