ISA Conference Research Streams

Energy, Power, & Sustainability 

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

This stream invites papers and panels on the changing market and public policy landscape where the energy industry (including oil and gas, electricity, pipelines) intersects with environmental concerns. Firms in all industries are struggling to adapt to new environmental, stakeholder, and cost pressures related to sustainability. Firms in the energy industry are particularly sensitive to the need to 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 present multiple challenges, such as technological immaturity, customer acceptance, uncertain regulations and subsidies, and potentially higher costs. This stream additionally 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

Chair: Ingrid Nembhard, University of Pennsylvania, [email protected] 

Any research on issues or industries not covered in the research streams described above may 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

Chair: Hiram Samel, MIT Sloan School of Management, [email protected]

Globalization has had a profound impact on the nature of industrial activity. Industry studies of 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 and supply chains 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 have suggested policy interventions to ensure that the benefits of globalization are fully captured by industries, nations, and regions. Other analysts question whether expected benefits can be realized. This stream 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 supply chain networks. This stream also welcomes submissions that consider globalization in service industries.

Health Care 

Chair: 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 (e.g., hospitals, medical groups, public health agencies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms, technology companies, etc.). We welcome work that approaches health care and efforts to improve population health that emerge from a variety of perspectives, including organizational behavior and theory, health care economics, productivity and quality management, human resource management, patient experience and service delivery, informatics, and data and technology management. Research grounded in empirical data is particularly welcomed. Papers that consider the policy and political implications of health care industry practices, the interaction of the health care industry with other sectors and social determinants of health are also encouraged.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Chair: Mahka Moeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, [email protected]

This stream invites papers and panels that examine innovation 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. This stream invites research on innovation processes, outcomes, and challenges. Additionally, this stream seeks research examining the growth of new ventures, and 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

Chair: John Paul MacDuffie, University of Pennsylvania, [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. Also welcome are submissions that examine organizational practices affecting employees (such as schedule flexibility, variable compensation, new approaches to hiring and performance appraisal, and high-performance work systems) and their impact on organizational and individual outcomes. We also welcome papers that analyze the impact of new technologies on task and job requirements, skill development by academic institutions and in the workplace, how off-shoring and globalization of the supply chain affects both skills and employment. We encourage papers that are comparative across industries and/or countries.

Operations & Supply Networks

Chair: Benn Lawson; [email protected]

This stream welcomes papers and panels that are concerned with the oversight, design, and control of the business processes responsible for the production of goods and services as well as those focused on coordination of (multiple) firms responsible for these business processes within a supply network. This stream also welcomes submissions focused on 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. Studies that demonstrate a deep understanding of institutions and practices that shape operations and supply networks as well as cross-industry studies that compare the management of supply networks, operations, and engineering across different industries are encouraged.

Technology Management 

Chair: 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. This track welcomes submissions on technological developments, including how technology is managed once it has passed the innovation stage and becomes more mature, and how industries manage the 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 technology, management of this process, and trends in the characteristics of technology across industries are equally invited.