The mit auto research program has set the standard for global industry studies. By involving numerous governments, firms, researchers, and stakeholders from all over the world, the program has produced an extensive, systemic body of knowledge that is of great use to the industry. In fact, as a result of the program, more is known about automobile production than about any other industry of comparable size and international importance. The program's research methodology was revolutionary. It bridged the social science and technology disciplines by systemically studying the interaction between technology and people in industry. Thus, the program's broad range, usefulness to the industry, and innovative methodology make it an excellent model for other international research programs.