Call for Papers and Panels


Call For Papers: 2019 Industry Studies Conference

May 30-June 1, 2019, Nashville, TN, USA

The Industry Studies Association cordially invites submissions of individual papers and panels of papers for the 2019 Industry Studies Conference, to be held May 30-June 1, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. 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 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. The Program Committee 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.

2019 Theme: To Be Announced 

Check back soon for details on the 2019 theme! 

The Submission Process

Researchers may submit abstracts of up to 250 words for single papers or groups of 3-5 abstracts for organized panels. The Program Committee will assign papers accepted as individual submissions to panel sessions. Panel proposals should identify a common 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. Ties between paper and panel proposals to the 2019 theme described above are not mandatory, but should be highlighted if present. The deadline for paper and panel submissions is January 15, 2019.

Abstracts should be submitted through the Industry Studies Conference website at

In addition to the abstract submission, junior (untenured) scholars may also submit full papers to the Rising Stars Best Paper Competition and the Best Paper in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Stream Competition, which is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. More information on these competitions can be found on the Awards page of the conference website.

Submissions may 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 may shift papers and panels from the general industry studies stream to other streams where appropriate.

Research streams:

• Energy, Power, & Sustainability (Coordinator: Adam Fremeth, Ivey Business School, U. of Western Ontario;
• Healthcare (Coordinator: Tonya Boone, Mason Business School, William & Mary;
• Globalization: Management & Policy Implications (Coordinator: Liz Reynolds, Industrial Performance Center, MIT,
• Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Coordinator: Andrew Reamer, Institute of Public Policy, George Washington U.,
• Technology Management (Coordinator: Raja Roy, New Jersey Institute of Technology,
• Labor Markets, Organizations, & Employment Relations (Coordinator: Ariel Avgar, ILR School, Cornell;
• Supply Networks, Operations and Engineering Management (Coordinator: Benn Lawson, University of Cambridge;
• General Industry Studies (Coordinators: Adam Seth Litwin,

The conference is open to all researchers. A discounted conference registration fee will be charged to members of the Industry Studies Association (to become a member, please visit

Please feel free to contact the Conference Program Leadership below with related questions.
• Adam Seth Litwin, Cornell University (Program Co-Chair,