Industry Studies Association


Welcome from John Paul MacDuffie
ISA President 

Welcome to the Industry Studies Association! The ISA is a community of scholars committed to rigorous research grounded in deep understanding of industries, geography, workplaces, and firms. We bring together scholars from disciplines including management, economics, sociology, engineering, operations research, law, economic geography, public policy, and more. Much of our members’ scholarship features direct observation at the firm, establishment or workplace level; this work is often cross-pollinated with understanding generated from representative samples and large data sets.

The ISA is a wonderful place to gather with like-minded researchers who make investments in learning about markets and institutions that shape the industries and firms that they study. Our annual conference is a “can’t miss” for our members, who find opportunities to present their latest work, to learn from what others are presenting, to receive helpful feedback on work in progress as well as strong career advice, to join excursions to local sites of interest, and to strengthen and build their networks. This year, we have our very first virtual conference on June 4-5, 2020. And we’ll hopefully see you in Boston, in person, for our 2021 conference. In between, we hope to connect you still further with ISA via a new series of monthly events -- covering the best industry studies research and important policy issues while also promoting information-sharing, mutual help on research projects, mentoring, and community-building amongst our members.

2020 Summer and Fall Webinar Series
2021 ISA Annual Conference


2021 Industry Studies Association (ISA) 
Annual Conference

June 2-4, 2021 in Cambridge, MA, USA

Hope to see you in Cambridge, in person, in 2021!

Call for Papers: Submit Your Proposals

2020 Fall Webinar Series

Anywhere, World
Join us Virtually! 

Registration opening soon!

New to the Industry Studies Association! For Summer and Fall 2020 - Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm ET. An important new benefit for our members!

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2019 Conference Recap

From health care technology and autonomous vehicles to the evolution of “Music City” and a celebration of award-winning papers, there was something for everyone at the Industry Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference held May 30 – June 1, 2019 in Nashville, TN, held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Conference attendees presented their own work and joined discussions in sessions on Electric Vehicles and Shared Mobility Services; Innovation and Creativity in Healthcare; The Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Spinoffs; STEM Labor Markets, Skill Development, and Firm Strategy; The Evolution of Agricultural Supply Networks; Cultural Development in Cities; How Uncertainty Shapes Performance in the Energy Industry; and the Innovation Dynamics of Technology Clusters (among many others). 

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