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!

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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