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    Posted 05-21-2024 09:54

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    2024 Industry Studies Association 
    Annual Conference

    Less than one month until the Industry Studies Association's annual meeting in Sacramento, California during June 13-15, 2024!  

    Register now - Conference program details available HERE 


    If you have not registered yet, do so now - you won't want to miss this! If you have submitted a paper or panel and it was accepted for you to present, please be sure you are registered by May 31st  - or your slot will be removed from the program. 


    The Professional Development Workshop (PDW), which will focus on mentorship opportunities for junior scholars (PhD students and Asst Prof), will take place in the early afternoon of Thursday, June 13th.  Please email Jeff Furman (" data-auth="NotApplicable" data-outlook-id="1fdb4ee6-a89b-42d6-a6eb-10382e1b7554" style="color: #236FA1; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0" data-loopstyle="linkonly"> if you are interested in participating  - and check the box that you want to attend the PDW when registering. 


    The main conference is PACKED with exciting content, including:

    • Hear about the future of the semiconductor industry in the U.S. - and how it links to influential industry studies research from the past -- at the opening plenary.
      • Hassan Khan from the CHIPS Act Implementation Team at Dept of Commerce will be joined by Rob Leachman of UC Berkeley and former head of the Semiconductor Research Center there - moderated by Liz Reynolds, former Special Advisor for Manufacturing in the BIden White House

    • Daniel Sperling, Blue Planet award-winning researcher and author from UC Davis will speak about the great promise of the electrification transition.  As a long-time member of California's Air Resource Board, Dan has been directly involved in the policy making that has influenced countless people through the adoption by 14 states of the air quality standards set by CARB.  Joining Dan will be his colleague Gil Tal and California Energy Commissioner Patty Monahan.  

    • Don't miss the "Generic Drug Industry: Challenges, Root Causes, and Solutions" panel:
      • Kevin Schulman of Stanford will discuss his research into how the economics of the generic drug market lead to product quality and supply chain quality challenges.
      • John Lu of UCLA will discuss his emerging work on the cost-benefit analysis on global generic drug manufacturing and regulatory inspections.
      • Karen Van Nuys of USC will discuss her research related to distortions in the pricing of generics.
      • Incoming ISA president, John Gray of Ohio State, will moderate a discussion in which the panelists can articulate agreed-upon root causes and possible solutions.

    • Charles Corbett from UCLA will speak about the link between sustainability and wellbeing, at individual, group, and societal levels.  Joining Charles for a dialogue across disciplines will be Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Center, sharing her neuroscience-based research on how empathy's biological and psychological aspects connect to sustainability through human experiences with nature.

    • Two special sessions on California: 1) Social Determinants of Health, focusing on housing and liveability; and 2) CSU Innovation Resources, focusing on public-private partnerships in real estate (research commercialization; industry co-location), mobility (clean power and zero-emission infrastructure); and educational.

    • Excursions, pre- and post-conference
      • Thursday morning plant visit to Siemens Mobility's 60-acre solar-powered North American rail headquarters, which is growing as it makes locomotives for California's (controversial) high-speed rail project between SF and L
      • Thursday midday tour of the sustainability projects (some award-winning) visible on  Sacramento State's campus
      • Choice of two post-conference trips 1) a sake-tasting visit amid a lovely Japanese garden and a trip to an innovative family farm known for its potatoes and bluegrass sod - and for leading in sustainable ag-tech, energy transition, and water conservation.
    • Plus (last but not least) over 100 papers and panels presented in parallel tracks

    The entire conference is on the campus of Sacramento State, our host.  

    Our opening reception on the evening of June 13th will take place at Sac State's Alumni Center and on June 14th, we'll enjoy a Night Out in Sacramento's DOCO arts-and-culture neighborhood in the Old Town.


    Register Today


    Click HERE for the full conference program (see schedule summary below)


    See you in Sacramento for an electrifying conference!


    Darcy Fudge-Kamal, 2024 Conference Chair

    John Helveston, 2024 Conference Committee Member

    Hiram Samel, 2024 Conference Committee Member

    Jeff Furman, Early Career Development Committee Chair

    Tonya Boone, ISA President

    John Gray, ISA Vice-President

    John Paul MacDuffie, ISA Past-President

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    Summary of Conference Schedule:



    Sacramento State

    6000 J St.

    Sacramento, CA 95819



    Thursday, June 13 7:00 am - 5:30 pm                     Alumni Center

    Friday, June 14   7:30 am - 3:00 pm                          Tahoe Hall

    Saturday, June 15 7:30 am - 9:00 am                      Alumni Center


    WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2024

    1:30 pm-3:30 pm            ISA Board Meeting


    THURSDAY, June 13, 2024

    7:30 am – 11:30 am         Excursion 1: Siemens Mobility Tour

    12:00 pm-2:15 pm         Professional Development Workshop

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm           Excursion 2: Sac State Sustainability Tour

    2:30 pm                                  ISA Annual Conference Begins

    2:30 pm -3:45 pm           ISA Special Session: Past and Future of the Semiconductor Industry

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm          ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    5:30 pm-7:30 pm            ISA Welcome Reception | Opening Speaker


    FRIDAY June 14, 2024

    8:00 am - 9:15 am                   Opening Plenary:

    California's Air Resource Board (CARB) and Where We Stand in the Electrification Transition

    9:30 am - 10:30 am                 ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    10:45 am-11:45 am                ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm                 Lunch & ISA Business Meeting

    1:15 pm - 2:15 pm                    ISA Special Sessions | Two Options, Your Choice

    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm                    ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm                    ISA Special Session:

    Economics and Policy of the Pharmaceutical Industry

    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm           Optional Old Town | DOCO Evening

                                                           not hosted led by Darcy Fudge Kamal, Conf. Chair


    SATURDAY June 15, 2024

    8:00 am - 9:15 am             ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    9:15 am - 10:30 am          ISA Plenary: Sustainability and Wellbeing: A Dialogue Across Disciplines

    10:45 am - 11:45 pm       ISA Research Sessions | Concurrent Panel Sessions

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm          Lunch and ISA Awards Ceremony

    1:00 pm                                     Adjourn

    2:00 pm-7:00 pm              Excursion 3: Farm to Fork

     * * * * * * *

    Discover why the ISA Conference is a favorite for many. Immerse yourself in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary environment where diverse perspectives and research methods mark each session and hallway conversations can't be beat. No full papers needed - just submit abstracts and get the chance to present your work-in-progress and gain valuable feedback. Dive into sessions blending academic research with real-world policy application, especially in industrial strategy. Our unique excursions offer a deep dive into the local geography and culture. And remember, at ISA, it's all about engaging dialogues and sharing current learnings, not job hunting. Join us for an exhilarating experience!


    The conference theme of Empowering Community Wellbeing: Clean Energy, Sustainability and Industrial Strategy reflects the emerging challenges that managers, policymakers, labor, and technologists face in light of a global movement towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious future. ISA's recent focus on industrial strategy is well-timed to provide insight and guidance.


    California is the world's largest subnational economy – and it has been a leader in charting significant policy changes affecting renewable energy and climate change mitigation. It is the home of the latest advances in generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) and also of heated debates on how best to chart the future of this transformative technology.  By bringing ISA's conference to California's capitol, we can learn from how the state has become a living laboratory for discovering sustainable practices, policy innovations, and community-driven solutions.


    Sacramento, the host location, lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River. "Old Sacramento" harkens back to the city's Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. You will want to visit the State Railroad Museum, which depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country's earliest technological feats and a reminder of how crucial infrastructure investments can be to national economic strength. Our reception will introduce you to the agricultural bounty and culinary innovation of this so-called "Farm-to-Fork Capital," as highlighted recently in both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Your trip will be eased if you arrive at SMF, recently rated by WSJ as the best midsize airport in the country.





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