Call For Papers: 2018 Industry Studies Conference
May 30-June 1, 2018, Seattle, WA, USA
Submission Deadline: January 12, 2018

The Industry Studies Association cordially invites submissions of individual papers and panels of papers for the 2018 Industry Studies Conference, to be held May 30-June 1, 2018 at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA. 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.

2018 Theme: Resources and Relationships

Industries, and firms within them, emerge and thrive when they assemble resources and develop relationships effectively. They wither and fail when they are no longer able to do so. The kinds of resources and relationships that are required for industrial and firm competitiveness diverge across space and evolve over time. Understanding the unique mix that works well for a particular sector at a given place and time is among the most important contributions of industry studies scholarship.
Seattle provides an outstanding setting for thinking about resources and relationships. Founded to exploit the extraordinary wealth of natural resources in the Puget Sound region, this dynamic city has added organizational, human, and knowledge resources to its economic mix over the past century. Now one of the premier gateways to Asia in North America, Seattle is a manufacturing and high-tech hub that is home to a diverse population and hosts a thriving cultural scene, even as it remains in close touch with its beautiful natural surroundings.

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

  • How is the resource base of specific industries evolving? How are relationships evolving?
  • How is the mix of relationships and resources changing?
  • What strategies are being employed to take best advantage of resources and relationships? What are the keys to competitiveness at the industry and firm level moving forward?
  • How do changes in the mix of resources and relationships affect society, and how are social actors and governments responding to these changes?
The deadline for paper and panel submissions is January 12, 2018. Abstracts should be submitted through the Industry Studies Conference website at