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. Last year, we had our very first virtual conference. We took what we learned to start our very first webinars – with a fall 2020 series focused on industrial policy, and a spring 2021 series on racial equity and opportunity.  Now we’re preparing enthusiastically for our 2021 conference on June 2-4.  Explore our website to learn more.

Please sign up for one of our events to get to know the ISA community and the distinctive perspective we bring to the crucial 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!

ISA Webinar Series
2021 ISA Annual Conference


2021 Industry Studies Association (ISA) 
Annual Conference

June 2-4, 2021 Virtually

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2021 ISA Webinar Series

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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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