Academic journal article Management International Review

Ranking International Business Institutions and Faculty Members Using Research Publication as the Measure: Update and Extension of Prior Research

Academic journal article Management International Review

Ranking International Business Institutions and Faculty Members Using Research Publication as the Measure: Update and Extension of Prior Research

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* This study measures and ranks the productivity of academic institutions and faculty members based on the number of publications appearing in the top three core international business journals between 2001 and 2009.

* This research serves as a useful update and extension of studies by Morrison and Inkpen (1991), Inkpen and Beamish (1994), and Kumar and Kundu (2004), which examined the top three international business journals, namely, Management International Review, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Worm Business.

* Copenhagen Business School, University of Miami, and University of Leeds (among institutions), and Yadong Luo, Peter J. Buckley, and Alain Verbeke (among authors) occupy the top three positions.

Keywords: International business * Leading journals * Publication * Ranking * Authors


Scholarly interest in international business (IB) is evident in the increasing numbers of (a) researchers who contribute to the field; (b) new topics and research questions that merit the attention of these scholars; (c) business schools that emphasize the inclusion of IB courses in their curricula; and (d) journals that focus on IB or international management (Chan et al. 2005; Kumar and Kundu 2004; Morgan and Fai 2007). As institutions across the world continue to accord greater importance to publications in IB journals in determining faculty members' eligibility for merit pay increases, tenure, and promotion, over the years the importance of IB research publications among business school faculty members has continued to grow (Chan et al. 2005; Griffith et al. 2008).

Recognizing the mounting importance of IB-focused research, in the past several scholars have attempted to rank business schools based on how prolific their faculty members were in publishing in top IB journals. Such studies, among others, include the ranking of(a) authors and universities publishing IB articles (Morrison and Inkpen 1991; Trevino et al. 2010); (b) authors, institutions and discipline content of published articles in the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) between 1970 and 1994 (Inkpen and Beamish 1994); (c) authors and disciplines of articles published in JIBS between 1984 and 1993 (Chandy and Williams 1994); (d) international business schools based on the measure of faculty publication (Kumar and Kundu 2004); and (e) schools based on publication data between 1995 and 2004 for four leading international business journals (Chan et al. 2006).

The role and importance of ranking studies is well documented in literature spanning a variety of disciplinary areas, from Sociology (Espeland and Sauder 2007; Sauder and Espeland 2009), Logistics (Carter et al. 2009), Strategy (Baden-Fuller et al. 2000), Finance (Zivney and Bertin 1992), Economics (Grove and Wu 2007), Management (Devinney et al. 2008; Pisani 2009; Wedlin 2007; Werner 2002), Marketing (Caruana et al. 2009; Linton 2004; Mitra and Golder 2008), Information Systems (Willcocks et al. 2008), Education (Sweitzer and Volkwein 2009), Research Methods (Mills et al. 2006), to International Business (Macharzina et al. 2004; Macharzina et al. 1993). In addition to their broad disciplinary appeal, ranking studies have consistently appeared in prestigious journals for a long period of time. Examples of these include Allison and Stewart (1974) in American Sociological Review; Graves et al. (1982) in American Economic Review; Chung and Cox (1990) in Journal of Finance; Tracy and Waldfogel (1997) in Journal of Business; Starbuck (2005) in Organization Science; and Mitra and Golder (2008) in Journal of Marketing.

Following the globalization of business schools, ranking studies have also looked at specific geographical domains as a context of their analyses. Examples of these include Baden-Fuller et al. (2000) on research rankings of European business schools, Lahiri (2011) on India-focused publications in leading IB journals, Macharzina et al. …

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