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Call for papers: 2021 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference

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    Posted 01-19-2021 11:29

    Call for Papers: 2021 Industry Studies Association Annual Conference 

    June 2–4, 2021 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Cambridge, MA, USA 

    Submission Deadline - January 22, 2021 

    The Industry Studies Association (ISA) cordially invites submissions of individual paper abstracts and proposals of panels for the 2021 ISA Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 2–4, 2021 in person (if permitted) at the Samberg Conference Center on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, with virtual participation also available for key sessions. A determination about going fully virtual will be made in early 2021.

    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 competitive environment. It draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and fields including economics, history, sociology, and other social sciences; management; marketing; policy analysis; operations research; engineering; labor markets and employment relations; and other related research and policy areas.

    The conference welcomes research from all disciplines that incorporates this approach. 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.

    The Theme for the 2021 Conference: Work of the Future Redux: Technology, Innovation, Policy

    Proposals for paper and panel submissions are due Friday, January 22. Those who submitted papers or panels for last year's conference are encouraged to submit their updated proposals this year.

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

    How are industries being restructured because of the pandemic?
    What are the implications of remote work within jobs, occupations and industries? What are the socio-economic and racial dimensions of these changes?
    How are firms and industries rethinking supply chain resiliency in the face of the COVID crisis?
    How has the COVID crisis changed the organization of work? Is there evidence of an acceleration of automation?
    What are characteristics of the work of the future? How do these characteristics manifest similarly or differently across industries?
    How might work be redesigned to leverage the strengths and weakness of recent technological innovations? How do industries, organizations and workers revise systems and practices to integrate AI, machine learning and other innovations effectively?
    What industrial policies and strategies are facilitating or undermining the work of the future? Additionally, in what ways does the flexibility (or inflexibility) of a local labor market influence a region's ability to embrace the work of the future?
    How does the changing nature of work influence other intra- and inter-industry dynamics?
    Are some industries immune to the changing nature of work? Will the future be delayed for some, and why?
    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 firms and industries are welcome.

    We are planning for the 2021 conference to be a great event, with content of interest to attendees across industry tracks, which are listed below. The conference will include "meet the author" sessions highlighting new books on ISA-related topics, two full days of paper sessions, plenaries, and a pre-conference Professional Development Workshop for early career scholars. Plus many opportunities to network (safely!) and enjoy all the great conversations that happen when industry studies scholars get together. Join us!

    The Submission Process

    Researchers may submit abstracts of up to 250 words for single papers or groups of 3-5 abstracts for organized panels. Panel proposals should identify a theme across the papers included in them (e.g., using one methodology across multiple industries or multiple diverse approaches to a common problem in a single industry). Panels that include practitioners – whether from industry, government, or other organizations – as presenters or discussants are especially welcome.

    The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.

    Submission website: https://isa1.memberclicks.net/call-for-papers

    Submissions should be made to the research streams listed below. However, these streams are not meant to be exhaustive, and the committee also welcomes submissions in the "General Industry Studies" category. This category may include industry-specific as well as cross-industry papers and panels. The program committee will shift papers and panels from the general industry studies stream to other streams where appropriate.

    Research streams:

    Energy, Power, & Sustainability (Chair: Ekandayo Shittu)
    Globalization: Management & Policy Implications (Chair: Hiram Samel, MIT Sloan School of Management; hsamel@mit.edu)
    Health Care (Chair: Tina Wu, New York University, twu2@stern.ny.edu)
    Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Chair: Mahka Moeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; mahka_moeen@kenan-flagler.unc.edu)
    Labor Markets, Organizations, & Employment Relations (Chair: )
    Operations & Supply Networks (Chair: Benn Lawson, University of Cambridge; b.lawson@jbs.cam.ac.uk)
    Technology Management (Chair: Raja Roy, New Jersey Institute of Technology; rroy@njit.edu)
    General Industry Studies (Chair: Tonya Boone, College of William and Mary, tonya.boone@mason.wm.edu)

    Please feel free to contact the Conference Program Co-Chairs listed below with questions.

    Liz Reynolds, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (lbr@mit.edu)
    Ingrid Nembhard, University of Pennsylvania (ingridn@wharton.upenn.edu)
    John Gray, The Ohio State University (gray.402@osu.edu)

    Dr. Raja Roy
    Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Email: rroy@njit.edu