2023 Industry Studies Association
Annual Conference

Theme: Reconceptualizing Competition: Nation, Region, Firm, and Individual

The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
May 31- June 2 2023 | Columbus, OH, USA

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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 $20 billion 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.

We are excited about this year’s theme: Reconceptualizing Competition: Nation, Region, Firm, and Individual. Nations, regions, firms and individuals are perhaps forever changed by the pandemic. The global order seems to be changing, with decoupling of major powers being discussed. We have many plenaries in the works. We have confirmed that we will have a session on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), the opaque middlemen of the drug supply chain that have been blamed for many of the problems of the supply chain. We are hoping to land representatives from JobsOhio, who was partially responsible for attracting Intel to Columbus. 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 welcome thoughts from members for any special sessions—book authors, specific topics, etc.

We are also excited to showcase the city of Columbus. The conference will be hosted on the campus of the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, a five-building complex which includes its own hotel, which will be the conference hotel. Our Wednesday night opening will be across the street in Ohio Stadium (also called The Horseshoe, or The ‘Shoe), an iconic stadium that seats over 100,000 people. Our Thursday reception will be a few miles away on a rooftop adjacent to the Short North, a vibrant arts district just south of campus (and just north of downtown, hence the name).

Formal conference activities will begin around 1pm on May 31st, and end after lunch on June 2nd. The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) will be the morning of May 31st. Excursions (likely Honda, Hikma, and Brewdog) will be the morning of May 31st and/or the afternoon of June 2nd.

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

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ISA cordially invites your submissions of abstracts for individual papers and/or multi-speaker panels for the 2023 ISA Annual Conference. The main conference will begin the afternoon of May 31 and end after lunch on June 2 at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. Abstracts for paper and panel submissions are due Friday, January 20, 2023, 5pm.

Industry studies research is grounded in a deep understanding of the markets, institutions, and technologies that shape the environment for organizations, workers, and policy makers; typically with a heavy focus on a specific industry. Industry studies research 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.

It is not uncommon for sessions at an ISA conference to include speakers researching the same industry from different disciplines; or, speakers researching a similar problem in different industries. We believe the conference to be uniquely cross-disciplinary and engaging.

The theme, Reconceptualizing Competition: Nation, Region, Firm , and Individual, reflects a world that seems to be de-globalizing, due first to trade wars in the late 2010s, a realization of the risks of long supply chains during COVID (amid claims of “vaccine nationalism”), followed by high inflation and a ground war in Europe. Partially in response, there has been increased attention to industrial policy (no longer anathema) in many countries.  This means that firms and governments are interacting in a changed environment in which ideas and assumptions about competition are being challenged and reinvigorated.  

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

  1. Competition among Nations:
    1. Effect of direct government incentives on national competitiveness of targeted industries
    2. The interplay between national government actions and innovation and competitiveness of the private sector
  2. Competition among Regions:
    1. The relative effectiveness of China’s state-guided capitalism and the West’s democracy-guided capitalism
    2. Effect of global trade agreements and tariffs on industry structure
    3. Within a country, the consequences of competition for business (e.g., among U.S. states for Amazon’s HQ2 or Intel’s new facility)
  3. Competition among Firms:
    1. Navigating the competitive landscape in a world marked by increased uncertainty
    2. Innovating globally as barriers emerge between large trading partners and more government policies target national advantage
  4. Competition among (and for) Individuals:
    1. Managing new employee expectations for “work from home” or “work from anywhere” among employer “return to office” pressures
    2. Worker shortages, the great resignation, quiet quitting

While the ISA encourages papers and panels related to the conference theme, a tie to theme is not mandatoryAny 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  


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