ISA Conference Research Streams

Energy, Power, & Sustainability 

Coordinator: Adam Fremeth, Ivey Business School, [email protected] 

This stream invites papers and panels on adaptation to the changing market and public policy landscape associated with energy (including oil and gas, electricity, pipelines) and environmental concerns and their intersection. Firms and supply chains in all industries are struggling with the shift from traditional approaches to creating and producing products to adapt to new environmental, stakeholder, and cost pressures. Firms in the energy industry are particularly sensitive to this transition as they are shifting from business models that have been focused on procuring and distributing power based on oil and natural gas to non-traditional technologies such as nuclear and renewable power. Such transitions face multiple challenges, such as technological immaturity, customer acceptance, uncertain regulations and subsidies, and potentially higher costs. More generally, the stream welcomes research that addresses sustainable development including “green” jobs/industries and the variety of stakeholder interests that are engaged in the industry.

General Industry Studies

Coordinator: Liz Reynolds, MIT, [email protected], and Ingrid Nembhard, University of Pennsylvania, [email protected] 

Any research on issues or industries not covered in the topical research streams should be submitted to this general stream. Papers or organized panels comparing phenomena, trends, issues, or economic activities across occupations, industries, or geographic regions are especially welcome.

Globalization: Management & Policy Implications

Coordinator: Liz Reynolds, MIT, [email protected] 

The globalization of industrial production has had a profound impact on the nature of industrial activity. Industry studies of particular products, value chains, and regions have helped to identify and explain this transformation. Business, academic, and policy analysis has begun to evaluate the limits of globalized production in recent years. These analyses have questioned the extent to which globalization has improved corporate profitability, industrial productivity, regional economic growth, and human welfare as anticipated.  Some analysts, such as Dani Rodrik, have suggested policy measures to ensure that the benefits of globalization are fully captured by industries and regions. Other analysts disagree. This track invites papers that address the management or policy implications of this debate as well as papers that continue the process of identifying the structure and causes of globalized production and production networks.

Health Care 

Coordinator: Tina Wu, New York University, [email protected]

This stream invites papers and panels that examine the myriad of issues surrounding effective management of health care entities and systems. We welcome work that approaches health care from a variety of perspectives, including health care economics, productivity and quality management, human resource management, patient experience and service delivery, informatics, and data and technology management. Papers that reflect Industry Studies’ commitment to research grounded in empirical data are particularly welcomed. Papers that consider the policy and political implications of health care practices are also encouraged.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Coordinator: Andrew Reamer, George Washington University, [email protected] 

With continuing concerns about economic recovery in the world economy, attention continues to focus on the role of innovation, new ventures, and the management of technology as the engines of future economic growth.  This stream invites papers and panels that examine innovation and technology management--within firms and other organizations such as universities, across organizational boundaries, across country boundaries, and in new entrepreneurial ventures.

Innovation is broadly defined for the purposes of this stream and includes the development of technology, products, services, novel business processes and strategies, new approaches to managing business ecosystems, etc. We also encourage research into how technology is managed once it has passed the innovation stage as well and becomes more mature, such as when an industry must shift from one dominant technology to the next. Finally, we encourage research examining the growth of new ventures, including the role of institutions and organizations in developing human and financial capital that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation. We encourage research analyzing the implications of public policy for innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g., national research funding, intellectual property regimes, stimulating growth in new sectors such as "green tech" and related topics).

Labor Markets, Organizations, & Employment Relations

Coordinator: Ariel C. Avgar, ILR School, Cornell University, [email protected] 

This stream welcomes papers and panels that examine the impacts of firm, industry, and market characteristics on labor markets, industrial relations, and/or human resource practices as well as public policy outcomes. In addition, we welcome papers and panels that examine the effect of organizational practices, such as flexibility practices, high performance work systems, and other industrial relations and HR practices, on organizational and individual outcomes. We also welcome papers that analyze how skill development by academic institutions and in the workplace is affected by off-shoring and other globalization of the supply chain. We encourage papers that are comparative across industries and/or countries.

Operations & Supply Networks

Coordinator: Benn Lawson; [email protected]

We are interested in papers that concern the oversight, design, and control of the business processes responsible for the production of goods and services as well as the coordination of (multiple) firms responsible for these business processes within a supply network. We are also interested in the management of projects, which are responsible for the creation of business processes, goods, and services as well as the engineering and other technical work necessary to accomplish these goals. In either case, we are most interested in those studies that demonstrate a deep understanding of institutions and practices that shape the industry. We also welcome cross-industry studies that compare the management of supply networks, operations, and engineering across different industries.

Technology Management 

Coordinator: Raja Roy, Martin Tuchman School of Management, [email protected] 

In the creation of competitive advantages, firms employ a menu of management tools to value new technologies and provide a path to their maturity. We encourage research into how technology is managed once it has passed the innovation stage and becomes more mature, such as when an industry must shift from one dominant technology to the next. Specifically, we invite, amongst others, papers that address how technologies are mapped to market needs, how firms manage technological portfolios within available investment budgets, and the management of personnel in a variety of complex technological ecosystems. Papers that address the diffusion of innovations and their management are equally invited.