October 20, 2003

A new study by Academic Assessment Services that was presented at the International Business and Economics Research Conference in October in Las Vegas provides the average lifetime citation counts for career faculty in eight disciplines at the top 51 business schools in the United States. The study indicates that the UCLA Anderson School of Management was among five US universities whose faculties made the top 30 in all eight disciplines. These schools were, in alphabetical order, Chicago, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and UCLA. The Anderson School ranks in the Top 10 in five of those eight academic areas:

2nd in Management Science
4th in Economics
4th in Finance
8th in Information Systems
10th in Strategy

UCLA Anderson School faculty also ranked 13th in Marketing, 17th in Organizational Behavior, and 22nd in Accounting.

This study recorded nearly 1.5 million citations to measure research productivity of the 4,918 full-time faculty members with doctoral degrees at 51 leading U.S. business schools. These schools had been included at least once in the 25 most recent ranking lists produced by three major business publications.

This research included lifetime citation counts for each faculty member and resulted in 1,497,162 citations that were recorded between March and June 2003. The citation counts were cumulated by academic discipline. The disciplines for which rankings were made were accounting, economics, finance, information systems, marketing, management science, organizational behavior and strategy.

The study was conducted by Professor Larry Robinson of Rice University and Professor Roy Adler of Pepperdine University. Their citation analysis counts the number of times an article has been used in later academic work by other researchers. Because it measures the impact of work on the academic community, it is widely regarded as a valid measure of research productivity for schools, departments, and individual professors.

Click here for specifics on this study, including the paper entitled, “Business Research in Eight Business Disciplines,” which was prepared and presented by Profs. Robinson and Adler.

Academic Assessment Services provides data that allows senior administration at colleges and universities to make accurate assessments of research productivity. The AAS Database has identified more than 1.5 million citations earned by professors in American business schools, and the database continues to grow daily. Citation analysis is used because it goes beyond the concept of research volume to provide a measure of the actual impact that the research has had on the thinking of other scholars.

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