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!

Industrial Policy Webinar Series Features

Taking Charge - Batteries for Electric Vehicles and the Transformation of the Automotive Supply Chain

December 1, 12-2pm ET

The auto industry is on the cusp of its greatest transformation in more than a century, shifting from internal combustion engines to electric motors powered by lithium-ion batteries. China, which already plays an important role in global auto supply chains, has been the first mover in this transformation, sparking concerns in the United States and elsewhere. This session will explore the United States’ proposed response to this challenge and its profound links to both long-run economic prosperity and the future of the planet.

  • Moderator: John Helveston, Assistant Professor, Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, George Washington University
  • Administration Presenter: Susan Helper, Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers
  • Discussants:
    • George W. Crabtree, Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Kristin Dziczek, Senior Vice President – Research, Center for Automotive Research
    • John Paul MacDuffie, President, Industry Studies Association, and Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania
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Industry Studies Association
Annual Conference

Early June 2022
Join us in Philadelphia, PA

Planning is underway...more information will be posted soon!

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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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