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:

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 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:

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