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.


The high quality of its research and writing has earned BRIE the respect of business and both sides of the aisle in Washington. In 1984, BRIE drafted for President Reagan’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness what is now the commonly accepted definition of competitiveness. In 1993, President Clinton appointed one of BRIE’s directors, Laura D’Andrea Tyson, to chair the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and later to head the White House National Economic Council.


BRIE’s current findings suggest that profoundly new approaches to production and organization are combining with the rapid, pervasive spread of information technologies to create radically new forms of international competition. Though the new forms of competition create a dramatic new potential for economic growth and job creation, they also threaten to generate new stresses in the uneasy relationship between industry, society, and government. Such findings are reflected in BRIE’s on-going analyses of industrial and digital production and market competition in Asia, Europe and the U.S., and in its assessments of the changing patterns of global trade and investment, of China’s economic ascent, and of the economic impacts of the development and use of new technologies such as advanced information networks.


All BRIE research is firmly grounded in a detailed, real-world understanding of technologies, markets, strategies and policies. Our research typically starts from an examination of specific case studies of industries and institutions – who is doing what, who is winning and losing in the market and why – before generalizing to hypotheses, which are tested in further case studies. On that base of detailed casework, we build the broader analyses that influence policy and strategy.

For our recent works and events on intelligent tools and systems, please visit wits.berkeley.edu


Platforms, Work, Cheshire Cats, and Dependent Entrepreneurs: Recent Publications

April 16, 2019

"(W)e must proceed in a way that allows citizens, in their multiple roles as workers and consumers, to participate in shaping the future, not just allowing it to happen to them. It is not a matter of robots coming, but rather one of how to direct the evolution of platforms and the development and deployment of intelligent tools and systems."

Cite: Martin Kenney and John Zysman, Intereconomics

Richard Baldwin seminar held on 2/14/2019

April 3, 2019

On February 14, 2019, Professor Richard Baldwin joined a distinguished group of academics, technologists, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to discuss the implications of remote intelligence ("telemigrants") and advanced software ("white-collar robots") on the future of work. Professor Baldwin presented his book that was published in February of this year, The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work.

Martin Kenney and John Zysman quoted in a February 3, 2019 article on Silicon Valley and Unicorns in The Guardian

April 2, 2019

Recently, BRIE directors Martin Kenney and John Zysman were quoted in The Guardian article "If Silicon Valley's unicorn bubble bursts, what legacy will it leave?" dated February 3, 2019. This article is written by John Naughton, a professor of the public understanding of technology at the Open University.  

Martin Kenney and John Zysman quoted in Financial Times article "Another tech bubble could be about to burst" January 27, 2019

February 11, 2019

Recently, BRIE directors Martin Kenney and John Zysman were quoted in the Financial Times article "Another tech bubble could be about to burst" dated January 27, 2019. This article is written by Rana Foroohar, an associate editor at the Financial Times.

WITS participants in German Focus Group "Artificial Intelligence in the World of Work"

October 10, 2018

Members of the WITS working group - John Zysman, Susan Helper, Martin Kenney, and Kenji Kushida - will be speaking at the launching event of the BMAS German Government think tank on Work and Technology and discussing issues of artificial intelligence and the world of work. For a detailed list of contents, please see our project page, or visit the WITS working group website.