Thought leader: Financial Times ranks Foster #7 in the world for research productivity

The UW Foster School’s Department of Marketing and International Business

The Financial Times has ranked the UW Foster School of Business faculty #7 in the world and #1 among public business schools for research productivity over the past three years.

This research index, a factor in the paper’s “2019 Global MBA Rankings,” is derived by tallying the number of research papers by each b-school’s full-time faculty that were published in the top 50 scholarly journals, representing every business discipline, between January 2016 and October 2018. The ranking is weighted to reflect the relative size of each faculty.

FT’s top 10 in research includes:

1.  Harvard Business School (HBS)
1.  University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
3.  Stanford University (GSB)
4.  University of Chicago (Booth)
4.  MIT (Sloan)
6.  Duke University (Fuqua)
7.  Columbia University
7.  University of Washington (Foster)
9.  University of California at Berkeley (Haas)
10. University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson)

There appears to be a strong link between research prowess and quality of education. According to The Financial Times rankings, 7 of the 10 most productive research schools also have top 10 MBA programs. And every one of the top 10 research schools has an MBA program in the nation’s top 25.

Long-term leadership

The Foster School’s leading scholarship has staying power.

Foster’s faculty has been listed among the world’s top 25 in research every year since FT began tracking scholarly output. This includes a #24 research ranking in 2014, #24 in 2015, #16 in 2016, #7 in 2017, #3 in 2018 and #7 in 2019.

Foster’s Department of Information Systems and Operations Management

And, according to the “Top 100 Business Research Rankings,” Foster stands at #14 in the world for its cumulative publication record in the leading 24 journals, across business disciplines, from 2015 to 2018. This ranking, compiled annually by the University of Texas at Dallas (Jindal), ranked Foster #4 in the nation for its 2017 publication rate.

Across-the-board powerhouse

The database used to compile the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings also reveals the magnitude of contributions made by each of Foster’s academic departments to their respective fields over the past five years.

Foster’s Department of Finance and Business Economics is ranked #10 in the world for its cumulative publication record from 2014 to 2018 across the three finance journals considered in the UT-Dallas index. Foster also generated the #12 most publications in the top four finance journals over the period from 2016 to 2017, according to the current “Finance Ranking Index” which is maintained by Arizona State University (Carey).

Department of Management and Organization.

The Foster School’s Department of Management and Organization faculty published the #11 most publications in the world from 2014 to 2018 across the five management journals tracked in the UT-Dallas index. Foster is #1 in the nation in the most recent “Management Department Productivity Ranking,” produced annually by Texas A&M University (Mays) and the University of Georgia (Terry). This unweighted ranking measures each school’s total number of studies published in the eight most-important management journals during 2017.

Foster’s Department of Marketing and International Business comes in at #12 in the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, based on its 2014-2018 publication record in the four top marketing journals and one international business journal considered in the index. A recent internal audit of scholarly productivity revealed that the department ranked #6 in the world in terms of career productivity per research professor.

The Foster Department of Accounting ranks #16 in the world in studies published across 12 accounting journals over the past six years (2013-2018), according to the annual Brigham Young University (Marriott) Accounting Rankings. Foster has been especially prolific in the study of financial accounting, where it ranks #5 in the world over the past six years, and managerial accounting, where it ranks #25 in the world over the same period. Foster accounting faculty also rank #23 in the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings over the period 2014 to 2018 (and #9 for 2017) in the three accounting journals tracked.

And Foster’s Department of Information Systems and Operations Management registers at #26 in the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings for its 2014-2018 publications across eight journals tracked. The same ranking lists the department #16 for its 2018 contributions.