Industry Studies Association


John Paul MacDuffie
ISA President 

Welcome to the Industry Studies Association! The ISA is committed to rigorous research grounded in deep understanding of industries, geography, workplaces, and firms. We bring together scholars from many disciplines including management, economics, engineering, sociology, operations, law, public policy, and more. Our members often gather data through direct engagement in the industry context – observation at firms and workplaces, interviews with practitioners, surveys -- cross-pollinated with understanding generated from large public and private data sets. 

The ISA is a wonderful place to gather with like-minded researchers for the rare and wonderful experience of inter-disciplinary discussions. ISA members share a commitment to making the investment of time and effort to learn about the markets and institutions that shape industries and firms. Our annual conference is a “can’t miss” event. Members  present their latest work, learn from the research of others, receive helpful feedback on work in progress, and gain strong career advice. Each year’s conference also offers excursions to industry-related local sites of interest, and many opportunities to strengthen and build personal and professional networks. 

We also now offer webinars all year round that bring together ISA members, curious researchers, and policymakers drawn to the topic. Please sign up for a webinar (they’re free) to get to know the ISA community and the distinctive perspectives we bring to bear on the issues of our times. And we hope you will then become a year-round member to gain the benefits of the information-sharing, mutual help on research projects, mentoring, and community-building we offer. Join us!

Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

The Future of Innovation: New Roles, New Rules, New Responsibilities

June 24-25, 2022 | Philadelphia, PA, USA

After two years of virtual conferences, we are eager to welcome you, in person, to Philadelphia!  This year's conference provides an opportunity to reflect on the future of innovation with the depth of an Industry Studies lens. It will also show the values of research conducted using this lens more generally. The two-day in-person conference will shed light on and discuss observations across industries. 

This year’s plenaries will center on “new rules for innovation” and “innovations driving new industry disruption and emergence.” We’ll also have a variety of special sessions highlighting unique themes (e.g., the role of sci-fi in shaping the new space age; “meet the author” of new ISA-related books), and combining senior and junior scholars for discussions of big and persistent problems for which ongoing research across generations is essential.  

The conference will also host parallel paper and panel sessions that reflect the diversity of our community, and a separate professional development workshop (PDW) for students and junior faculty. We’ll announce and celebrate this year’s ISA award winners, from best dissertation to best published Industry Studies paper. ISA’s leadership will also tell you about exciting initiatives launched in the past year and plans for its future. 

And don't forget the pre-conference excursions, Reading Terminal Market and the New Pavilion at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Along with many opportunities to network!

Our conference committee is busy planning a fantastic line up of plenaries, check out our draft program on our website:

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