Industry Studies Association


Tonya Boone
ISA President 

Tonya Boone

Welcome to 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.

Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

May/June 2023 | Columbus, OH, USA

We are excited to welcome you to Columbus, Ohio for the 2023 Industry Studies Association conference. Far more than a college town, Columbus is a dynamic metropolitan area of two million people. Columbus is an important player in many industries, including automotive, pharmaceuticals, insurance, retail, logistics, hospitality, and—coming in 2024 with Intel’s planned $20billion investment—semiconductors. And, yes, Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, a leading research institution with an enrolment of over 60,000 students, making it among the very few largest universities in the U.S.; often the largest when only considering on-campus students.

While the conference theme is yet to be determined, we are certain that we will have plenaries, special sessions, and excursions that will interest all Industry Studies researchers. We expect to be able to visit Honda of Marysville, the oldest Japanese automotive plant in the U.S. (built in 1982). We also hope to visit a large generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, and maybe the U.S. headquarters of a Scottish brewery. We are working on plenaries. One may include the unique economic development approach of Ohio, which was instrumental in landing Intel. Many, many more exciting ideas are in the works. We welcome thoughts from members for any special sessions—book authors, specific topics, etc.

We are also excited to showcase the city of Columbus. We currently plan to host the conference on the campus of the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, an easy 15-minute Uber/Lyft ride from the airport. We intend to have our opening reception across the street in Ohio Stadium (also called The Horseshoe, or The ‘Shoe), an iconic stadium that seats over 100,000 people. We are working on getting the second reception somewhere in the Short North, a vibrant arts district just south of campus (and just north of downtown, hence the name).

Please pencil May 30-June 3, 2023, in your calendars now. Keep on eye on this page, as we will provide more clarity on dates, venues, excursions, and plenaries as plans come together. We can’t wait to see you again!

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