ISA Summer and Fall Webinar Series

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ISA Summer 2020 Webinar Series

Wednesday, June 10th | 12:00-1:00pm ET; 1:00-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion rooms
ISA Award Winners – Backstories of their Award-Winning Research
(hosts/organizers: Tonya Boone, William and Mary University and John Paul MacDuffie, Wharton School, U. Pennsylvania)

Each year, the session at our annual conference that draws the largest and most enthusiastic crowd is when our award winning scholars give the “behind the scenes” story of their research – where the original idea came from; struggles and triumphs in the search for access; surprises, setbacks, and serendipitous moments while collecting data; “aha’s” along the way; reaction and impact after releasing the research findings; lessons for scholars, practitioners, & policymakers. You’ll have a chance to chat with the award-winners from 1-2:00pm in Zoom breakout rooms.

Winners of:

  • ISA Dissertation Award
  • ISA Rising Star Award
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation “Best Paper” Award
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation “Young Scholar” Award
  • Ralph Gomory “Best Industry Studies Paper” Award

NB: Winners will be announced at: ISA Virtual Awards Ceremony, 12:00-12:30pm TH June 4th

Wednesday, June 17th | 12:00-1:15pm ET; 1:15-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion rooms
Combined Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Management Webinar: “AI and the Future of Work”
(hosts/organizers: Mahka Moeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Raja Roy, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will significantly affect how firms create value and how they function as organizations in the future. This session is intended to generate new ideas and insights into how AI will affect the nature of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology management in the coming years.


  • Multiple papers on this theme chosen from original submissions to the 2020 conference
  • 7 minute presentations, followed by plenary Q&A via curated Zoom chat
  • Discussion in hosted Zoom breakout rooms, by theme, to follow

Wednesday, June 24th | 12:00-2:00pm ET, alternating plenary and breakout sessions
"Self-Sufficient Production and the Third Digital Revolution”
(hosts/organizers: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University; Neil Gershenfeld, M.I.T.; Alan Gershenfeld, Co-Founder, President: E-Line Media)

The co-authors of "Designing Reality:  How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution" (Basic Books, 2017) will introduce the concept of self-sufficient production.  The blend of ancient forms of self-sufficiency with modern digital fabrication technologies represents a third digital revolution (following digital communication and digital computation).  Like communication and computation, digital fabrication is expanding in scale and scope at an accelerating rate.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, fab labs, maker spaces, and rapid prototyping facilities are playing expanded critical roles with long term implications in society.


ISA Fall 2020 Industrial Policy Series 
(hosts/organizers: Andrew Reamer, George Washington University and David Hart, George Mason University)

*Speakers and moderators to be announced 

Wednesday, September 23rd | 12:00-1:00pm ET; 1:00-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion rooms

Left and Right Discuss Federal Industrial Policies 

From the 1790s through the 1920s, federal decision-makers deemed industrial policies essential for U.S. economic development. Since the Great Depression, though, this view was replaced by a focus on macroeconomic policies. While supplemental, ad hoc, and ephemeral industrial policies have continued to exist, the federal government has not sought to deliberately shape the nation’s industrial sector structure for 90 years. Indeed, the predominant view has rejected such a policy as interference with efficient markets. In the wake of declining U.S. industrial competitiveness and associated economic impacts, calls for renewed reliance on a comprehensive set of industrial policies recently have emerged from thinkers on the left and right. This session explores those ideas and the extent to which they are shared, or not, across the ideological spectrum.


Wednesday, October 21st | 12:00-1:00pm ET; 1:00-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion rooms

Identifying and Supporting Industries of the Future

Many countries seek to identify and target support to industries that their governments believe will grow and provide other social benefits in the future. Chalmers Johnson’s 1982 MITI and the Japanese Miracle famously described how Japan did so, triggering a debate in the United States. The issue remains lively in Washington policy circles, as shown by the Trump administration’s proposed Industries of the Future Program. This session will explain that program’s objectives and strategy, followed by a discussion of its merits and potential alternatives.


  • U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, “Industries of the Future,” January 15, 2020, featuring representatives of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, and Federal Communication Commission.
  • National Quantum Coordination Office, A Strategic Vision for America’s Quantum Networks, February 2020.

Wednesday, November 18th | 12:00-1:00pm ET; 1:00-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion

Industrial Policies and National Security

Since George Washington’s first annual message to Congress, the federal government has sought to ensure that the nation’s industrial base can adequately fulfill military needs. In the last 200+ years, innovations that emerged from military industrial policies include parts standardization, precision machine tools, commercial radio, and the Internet. Many analysts believe that today’s dominant U.S. industrial policy today is the collection of Department of Defense’s R&D and acquisition programs. This session will provide an overview of the current military industrial base programs inside the Defense and Commerce departments and explore how such efforts might be organized in the future.


Wednesday, December 9th | 12:00-1:00pm ET; 1:00-2:00pm Zoom breakout discussion rooms 

The Present and Future of the Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Manufacturing USA program, currently composed of 14 institutes in 11 states, aims to accelerate innovation and strengthen the competitiveness of U.S producers in specific domains, such as 3D printing, robotics, photonics, and digital design. Each institute brings together a diverse set of stakeholders spanning business, labor, and academia, as well as state and local governments. This session will describe how topics are selected, how the institutes are organized, and how well they have performed, as policy-makers consider whether to maintain, expand, or eliminate the program.