Industry Studies Association


ISA Conference June 13-15, 2024 Sacramento, CA

Empowering Community Wellbeing: Clean Energy, Sustainability and Industrial Strategy

In the heart of the world’s largest subnational economy, California, the Industry Studies Association proudly presents its annual conference with a theme that resonates with the future of our planet and communities. Join us in exploring the dynamic interplay between California's pioneering efforts in clean energy and sustainability and their profound impacts on industrial strategy and community wellbeing around the world. 

Sacramento State, the state’s capitol university, hosts our dialogue as California stands at the forefront of a global movement towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious future. As the state takes bold steps towards clean energy, it has become a living laboratory for the exploration of sustainable practices, policy innovations, and community-driven solutions. This conference invites scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and industry leaders to engage in critical discussions and share insights on how this revolution is reshaping industries, and communities.

We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento in June, 2024! 

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Welcome Tonya Boone
ISA President 

Welcome to the Industry Studies Association! We are a professional organization of researchers committed to research grounded a deep understanding of the role that context – industry, location, and organization, plays in understanding phenomena. ISA includes scholars from a wide range of disciplines - management, economics, engineering, law, sociology, and public policy, which focus on many different industry sectors. ISA members often gather data through direct engagement with workplaces and primary informants, e.g., managers, policy makers and employees.

Our annual conference facilitates dialogue among the many disciplines represented within our membership. We believe these interactions motivate high impact, creative research which advances knowledge and impacts practice and policy.

I encourage you to get involved - join us at the annual conference, which offers an opportunity to network with researchers and practitioners from the various disciplines represented in ISA. Sign up and attend a webinar which feature lively discussions among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on important contemporary topics.

I look forward to seeing you.



Highlights -- ISA's 2024 Conference

Final Program (June 13th) Here



Thursday, June 13, 2:15-3:30pm            
Past and Future of the Semiconductor Industry
Rob Leachman, UC Berkeley
Hassan Khan, Senior Policy Advisor, CHIPS Program Office.
Moderated by Elisabeth Reynolds, MIT

Friday, June 14, 9:15-10:30am
California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) and Where We Stand in the Electrification Transition
Daniel Sperling, UC Davis
Gil Tal, UC Davis
Commissioner Patricia Monahan, California Energy Commission
Moderated by John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton, UPenn

Saturday, June 15, 9:30-10:45am
Sustainability and Wellbeing: A Dialogue Across Disciplines
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley
Charles Corbett, UCLA
Moderated by ISA President Tonya Boone, William & Mary

Special Sessions:

Friday, June 14, 3:45-5:00pm
Economics and Policy of the Pharmaceutical Industry
Karen Van Nuys, USC
Kevin Schulman, Stanford;
Z. John Lu, UCLA
Moderated by ISA Vice-President John Gray, Ohio State University


Thursday, June 13, 8:00-11:00am
Siemen Mobility’s North American Rail HQ

Thursday, June 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
Sac State Sustainability Tour

Saturday, June 15, 2:00-6:00pm
Sake-Tasting or Family Farm Visit


We are excited to welcome you to Sacramento for the 2024 Industry Studies Association conference. Capital of the U.S. state of California, Sacramento lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River. The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city's Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. You won't want to miss the California State Railroad Museum, which depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country's earliest technological feats and a reminder of how crucial infrastructure investments can be to national economic strength. Our receptions and excursions will introduce you to the agricultural bounty and culinary innovation of this so-called "Farm-to-Fork Capital."  Plus one evening will be out on the town in a tour of DOCO, the revived Sacramento entertainment and lifestyle district filled with retail and cultural startups.  Come early or stay late to hike in the Yosemite, Pinnacles, or Sequoia National Parks.  

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