Industry Studies Association
Industry Studies Association (ISA) Announcement on Coronavirus 


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 meet in Boston, June 3-5, 2020, and I hope to see you there.


2020 Industry Studies Association (ISA) 
Annual Conference

June 3-5, 2020 in Boston, MA, USA

Theme: "Work of the Future"

Come to MIT Sloan School's Samberg Center for the 2020 ISA conference, which will include two days of paper sessions, two plenaries, and a pre-conference Professional Development Workshop for early career scholars. 

New this year: two "meet the author" sessions, guest speakers on ISA's history and future, and chances to learn about local industries. Plus many opportunities to network and enjoy all the great conversations that happen when industry studies scholars get together. Join us!!

Conference Highlights Day 1 | June 4, 2020

The Work of the Future: A Plenary

Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics...



Globalization, Norms, and Integrity: The Case of Pharmaceuticals

Does there exist a "Future of Work" in which a global set of norms exist, and are consistently adopted? 



Conference Highlights Day 2 | June 5, 2020 

Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

In the age of the gig economy and fissured work, the emergence of new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have created “ghost work.”  


Pricing and Innovating: A Plenary on a Crossroad for the Biotechnology Industry

The innovation process is becoming more complex...


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Call for Papers: 2020 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

June 3-5, 2020
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Boston, MA, USA

Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

The Industry Studies Association (ISA) cordially invites submissions of individual paper abstracts and proposals of panels for the 2020 ISA Annual Conference to be held June 3–5, 2020 at the Samberg Conference Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Industry studies research is grounded in observations of firms and workplaces and in a deep understanding of the markets, institutions, and technologies that shape the competitive environment. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and fields including economics, history, sociology, and other social sciences; management; marketing; policy analysis; operations research; engineering; labor markets and employment relations; and other related research and policy areas.

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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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