2023 Industry Studies Association
Annual Conference

May/June 2023 | Columbus, OH, USA

Join us in Columbus for the 2023 ISA Annual Conference!

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!


Registration Will Open Spring 2023

Your invitation:

Join us not only as attendee but also potentially on the conference program as a speaker. ISA cordially invites your submissions of abstracts for individual papers and multi-speaker panels for the 2023 ISA Annual Conference. The conference will be held tentatively May 30-June 3, 2023, exact dates to be determined, at The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. Abstracts for paper and panel submissions are due Friday, January 20, 2023, 5pm.

The conference will provide a forum to share industry studies research with fellow researchers, industry leaders and policy makers; provoke dialogue on industry challenges and opportunities; and form new collaborations related to industry studies research. Industry studies research is grounded in observations of firms and workplaces and in a deep understanding of the markets, institutions, and technologies that shape the environment for organizations, workers, and policy makers. It draws on a range of academic disciplines/fields including sociology, psychology, economics, history, and other social sciences; organization and management science; marketing; policy analysis; operations research; engineering; labor markets and employment relations; among others.  Industry studies scholars invest deeply in learning the industry context and enjoy sharing what they learn with like-minded others!

The conference welcomes research from all disciplines that incorporates an industry focus. ISA is especially interested in organized panels and papers that are unique in their emphasis on observation and insight into a particular industry or that consider how knowledge gained in studying one industry can provide insights into other industries.

Topics of interest relevant to this year’s theme include but are not limited to:

  • New roles:
    • Private-public collaborations for innovation (e.g., Operation Warp Speed)
    • Innovation and industry studies in the age of big data and new technologies
    • Resilient supply chains and process management in a dynamic, global world
  • New rules:
    • Financing innovation
    • Evaluating innovation through social and economic lens - What's different? What's not?
    • The new regulatory climate for technology and data use globally
  • New responsibilities:
    • Responding to climate change via innovation
    • Purpose-driven, responsible innovation
    • Building equitable, inclusive, and sustainable labor markets amid technological advancements like artificial intelligence
  • New organization:
    • Innovation work in virtual and hybrid worlds: the roles of teams and leaders
    • The structure of innovation: Platform, industry and/or or ecosystem
    • Innovations driving new industry creation

While the ISA welcomes papers and panels related to the conference theme, a tie to theme is not mandatory. Any papers or panels that build upon the ISA’s foundational interest in organizations and industries are welcome

The deadline for all submissions is Friday, January 20, 2023, at 5:00 PM  

Abstracts should be submitted through the ISA submission forms:

Submission Forms Will Open Fall 2022


Conference Registration

Conference Awards

Conference Program

Professional Development Workshop (PDW)

Call for Paper and Panel Submissions 

Research Streams

Advertise or Sponsor

Past Conferences