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 Future of Innovation: New Roles, New Rules, New Responsibilities

June 24-25, 2022 | Philadelphia, PA, USA

Amid the uncertainty and disruptions imposed on the world by COVID over the past two years, we’ve also seen shining examples of the power of innovation. From widespread remote and hybrid technology-mediated work to private space travel, from virtual medical visits and COVID-19 vaccine development to autonomous and electric vehicles – new developments in types of innovations, pathways to them (including financing and regulating), technologies and supply chains underlying them, and outcomes, both desired and unanticipated, are spurring dialogue and debate and informing both research and policy.

We saw how innovative technologies, practices, and policies enabled responsiveness and resilience across many industries. We also saw that new roles, rules and responsibilities emerged to guide innovation, beginning to reveal what the future may look like as calls increase for innovation to be more purpose-driven, responsible, efficient, and inclusive for workers, organizations, and industries as a whole. 

This year's ISA conference provides an opportunity to reflect on the future of innovation with the depth of an Industry Study lens. It will also show the value of research conducted using this lens more generally. The two-day in-person conference will shed light on and discuss observations across industries.

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