Think about basic economics — when you specialize in one skill and your neighbor specializes in another, you’re both better off when you collaborate and trade amongst each other, rather than relying on your own advantages.

Firms are increasingly recognizing this principle holds true when it comes to research and development (R&D) information sharing among firms.

Businesses form research and development alliances when developing new products. An R&D alliance is a formal relationship between two or more firms to pursue mutually beneficial goals. The firms remain independent entities, but enter into an agreement to combine their knowledge bases in order to expand and refine innovations. “It’s simple,” says Lorraine Eden, a management professor at Mays Business School. “Two brains are better than one.”

R. Duane Ireland
Ireland

Michael Hitt
Hitt

Lorraine Eden
Eden

Many industries are involved in R&D alliances, including pharmaceutical, automotive, electronics and chemical companies. When the costs and risks of developing new products are both high, these firms are more likely to enter into an R&D alliance, says Michael Hitt, a University Distinguished Professor in management and Joe B. Foster ’56 Chair in Business Leadership.

Dan Li ’05, now teaching at Indiana University, worked at Texas A&M with Eden, Hitt and R. Duane Ireland, Distinguished Professor in management, Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership and AMJ Editor, on a recent study to examine which type of governance structure is most effective for these alliances. They focused their research on multilateral alliances (three or more firms) and compared them with bilateral alliances (a joint venture between two firms).

“Very few have studied multilateral alliances,” Hitt said in describing the research’s uniqueness. Eden adds: “People have been researching bilateral firms for the past 20-30 years, but there’s been not much written on multilateral ones.”

Hitt describes information sharing between firms as “a real balancing act.” Individual firms must manage the information they share and the information they protect. “In a joint venture,” says Hitt. “If everyone invests money, there’s an incentive to share information and be fair.” They wanted to learn if this remained true when the number of partners increases.

According to Eden, much of the intended knowledge sharing within the alliances involves “tacit information” — information that must be thoroughly explained and demonstrated by one firm to another. She argues that selecting the type of governance (equity-based or contractual) structure can be critical to the success of the R&D alliance since equity ownership, where one firm owns a piece of the other firms, can help facilitate planned knowledge sharing among them.

At the same time, however, sharing knowledge often leads to “unintended information leakages,” which causes problems among the R&D alliance partners. “There’s a real hesitancy,” Hitt says. “When you’re in an alliance, you have to trust your partners, who are potential competitors, to be fair.”

Their study examined 2,500 alliances — 1,700 bilateral and 750 multilateral. The researchers also compared governance structures in two types of trilateral R&D alliances: chain and net. The study found that 18 percent of trilateral alliances use a chain-based approach, which involves a passing of information from one firm to another, and 82 percent of alliances use net-based approaches, or group sharing.

As the complexity of the alliance increases, the probability of cheating also increases. For example, the alliance between pharmaceutical companies becomes more complex if the companies are from different countries, mainly because intellectual property rights vary internationally. Additionally, the more firms involved in an alliance, the more likely there will be a “free-rider,” or a firm that wants information from other companies without sharing any of its own. This is more likely the case in net than in chain trilateral alliances, notes, Eden, because it is “easier for the cheater to hide.”

The research found that equity governance structures, rather than contractual structures, combat the uncertainty of information-sharing firms face as complexity escalates in multilateral alliances. Equity ownership can help compensate for complexity and free-rider problems, while also helping to facilitate intended knowledge transfers. The greater the emphasis on equity share, the smoother the facilitation and transfer of information, the research notes.

The authors found that, for both knowledge sharing and knowledge protection reasons, firms were more likely to use an equity governance structure in multilateral than in bilateral R&D alliances. Similarly, net trilateral alliances were more likely than chain ones to use equity governance structures.

Eden suggested that the study offers a confirmation for firms interested in governance mechanisms. “Companies will be able to look at the findings and determine what type of governance is best for their alliance.”

Catagories: Research Notes

Three Mays faculty members and a business school instructor were among 24 members of Texas A&M’s faculty and staff to be honored with 2012 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

(Top, L-R) Cheryl Holland Bridges, Duane Ireland; (Bottom, L-R) Kerry Litzenberg, Michael Shaub
(Top, L-R) Cheryl Holland Bridges, Duane Ireland; (Bottom, L-R) Kerry Litzenberg, Michael Shaub

Cheryl Bridges (marketing) and Michael Shaub (accounting) were given the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Awards to recognize their teaching, and Robert “Duane” Ireland (management) was recognized for research. Kerry Litzenberg of Agricultural Economics also received a teaching award.

Bridges is director of the Center for Retailing Studies and an executive professor of marketing. Shaub is a clinical professor. Ireland is a distinguished professor and the Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership. Litzenberg is a professor of agricultural economics.

The awards were announced by Texas A&M and the Association of Former Students. They will be formally presented April 25. Each recipient will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque.

The university-level Distinguished Achievement Awards were first presented in 1955 and have since been awarded to 930 professionals (including this year’s recipients) who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M. In addition to teaching and research awards, employees are also recognized in the categories of staff, student relations, administration, extension and outreach and graduate mentoring.

Catagories: Faculty

Bootlegged concert recordings, undocumented immigrants building houses in the U.S., New York City street vendors selling designer knock-offs—these are examples of a largely unexamined economic activity, the informal economy. These economic activities are considered illegal yet still viewed as socially acceptable or legitimate by some substantial segment of society.

Because nearly nine percent of the GDP of the United States (and perhaps more than 60 percent in some African and South American countries) is involved in the informal economy, it is a topic worth exploring, says Duane Ireland, Distinguished Professor of Management and Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership. He and two Mays colleagues (David Sirmon and Laszlo Tihanyi) and Justin Webb (a recent graduate of the Mays Ph.D. program who is now at Oklahoma State University) have examined how the informal economy works and the reasons some ventures thrive, despite barriers of legality and legitimacy.

The illegality of bootleg DVDs in most countries has not prevented them from becoming a significant source of income for many entrepreneurs willing to take the risk of operating in an informal economy.
The illegality of bootleg DVDs in most countries has not prevented them from becoming a significant source of income for many entrepreneurs willing to take the risk of operating in an informal economy.

The cornerstone of their research is a matrix for categorizing entrepreneurial activities based upon legality and legitimacy. While some entrepreneurial activities in the informal economy are considered illegal yet legitimate (e.g., the sale of counterfeit products or use of undocumented workers as labor to build a home), other entrepreneurial activities fit different classifications of legality and legitimacy. For example, tobacco-based and adult-oriented products in the United States are legal yet considered illegitimate by large societal groups.

In contrast, illegal drugs and human trafficking are considered illegitimate by the overarching society. Distinguishing among different classifications of legality and legitimacy is important to understanding the mechanisms through which these entrepreneurial activities are able to exist, grow, and be sustained even while occurring outside of the law.

Ireland says one aspect that he finds fascinating is how a business can move between categories over time, due to the intentional actions of the business or due to shifts in the definitions of legality and legitimacy. Take for instance, alcohol sales in the United States in the 1920s during prohibition. Though it was illegal, speakeasies and bootlegged liquor became quite commonplace and legitimate. Then in 1933, the industry once again was legalized. This is a great example of the fluid nature of the boundaries in this area.

In a similar vein, the production of marijuana is an example of the porous nature of the matrix, as it is moving from illegal and illegitimate in the United States to illegal but legitimate, or legal but illegitimate, depending on some groups’ norms, values, and beliefs and various state and local laws.

Another example is Napster ten years ago and Youtube.com during its initial operations. It was alleged that Napster allowed users to violate copyright laws by sharing audio files freely. The online service was hugely successful from 1999 to 2001 when it was shut down due to issues of legality. At least initially, similar allegations suggest that Youtube violated copyright laws by not removing items from its site that were posted by individuals who did not have permission from the owners of the postings. However, for some large groups and with an increasing expectation of free content on the Internet, Youtube is still seen as legitimate, despite the fact that some postings may not be legal with respect to copyright laws.

The paper “You say illegal, I say legitimate: entrepreneurship in the informal economy,” appeared in Academy of Management Review in 2009 and was a finalist for best paper that year.

Catagories: Research Notes

Distinguished Professor of Management R. Duane Ireland, Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership, has recently been named a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society. Election to the Fellows group recognizes and honors members of the society who have made significant contributions to the theory and practice of strategic management.

R. Duane Ireland
Ireland

This is an added achievement to his already lengthy list, which includes a leadership position with the Academy of Management. He is also the current editor of the Academy of Management Journal. For Ireland’s bio and links to his research, click here.

“This recognition is a fitting tribute to Duane’s years of contribution to the field of management as a scholar, teacher, and leader,” says Bala Shetty, executive associate dean and Letbetter Chair in Business. “We are very fortunate to have someone of his caliber in Mays Business School. Not only he is an accomplished scholar and teacher, he is also a fine individual.”

The Strategic Management Society consists of more than 2,500 members from 60+ countries. Composed of academics, business practitioners, and consultants, the group focuses on the development and dissemination of insights on the strategic management process, as well as on fostering global networking.

Currently, the society has 51 Fellows, including one other Mays faculty member, Distinguished Professor Michael Hitt, Joe B. Foster ’56 Chair in Business Leadership. Hitt is also on the board of directors of the society.

Catagories: Faculty

From the significance of a job candidate’s handshake, to team dynamics and top management effectiveness, to personality indicators and employee turnover, Murray Barrick’s research provides insight into the situational and personal antecedents to success at work. In recognition of his 22 years of leadership through management scholarship, Barrick has recently been singled out for praise by the Academy of Management as well as Texas A&M University.

Barrick
Barrick

Barrick was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Management—a distinction earned by less than 1.5 percent of the nearly 20,000 members of the academy worldwide. The prestigious fellows group, which meets annually, was established to honor members of the Academy of Management who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. Fellows serve as ambassadors for the academy.

Mays has the unique position of employing five other academy Fellows: Ricky Griffin, Luis Gomez-Mejia, Michael Hitt, Don Hellriegel, and Duane Ireland. This places Mays behind only four universities (Harvard University, University of Michigan, Stanford University, and University of Washington) in terms of the number of Fellows.

“Professor Barrick’s recognition by the Academy is noteworthy and acknowledges his place among the very top thought leaders in Management,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “His work is unusual in that it impacts both the classroom and the boardroom and has heavily impacted the workplace of the world’s leading organizations.”

Earlier this year, Barrick was also recognized by the Texas A&M University system when he was designated an A&M Distinguished Professor. This title denotes a faculty member who is recognized as being in the top five percent of his or her field by peers throughout the world.

Murray Barrick (center) and the other A&M Distinguished Professors at Mays: (left to right) R. Duane Ireland, Ricky W. Griffin, Michael Hitt and Rajan Varadarajan
Murray Barrick (center) and the other A&M Distinguished Professors at Mays: (left to right) R. Duane Ireland, Ricky W. Griffin, Michael Hitt and Rajan Varadarajan

Faculty members are nominated by academic units and are endorsed with letters of support from the top researchers in the nominee’s field. Only a handful of other faculty members at Mays and at A&M hold this distinction.

While Barrick has examined a number of areas in management in his 22 years in academe, it is his examination of the Big Five personality dimensions and their implications in the workplace in particular that has earned him renown in management and psychology fields (see Barrick’s full research). His paper, “The Big Five personality dimensions and job performance: A meta-analysis,” published in 1991 in Personnel Psychology, was recognized by the Academy of Management in 1992 with the Outstanding Published Paper award, and was later noted to be the most frequently cited article in that journal during the past decade. More recently, it was reported to be the most highly cited article in Industrial Psychology between 2001 and 2005. By April 2010, this one article has been cited over 2,700 times ((Google Scholar, April 2010)).

About Murray Barrick

Barrick is head of the department of management and is the Paul M. and Rosalie Robertson Chair in Business. He joined the faculty at Mays in July 2006.

He previously served at Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, where he wore the title Stanley M. Howe Professor of Management. He also taught at Michigan State University.

Barrick’s research focuses on the impact individual differences in behavior and personality have on job performance and on methods of measuring and predicting such differences. He also studies work team success, examining the role of team composition, team interdependence, and team processes on team performance. Also of significance, he has examined the influence candidate self-presentation tactics have on the interviewer during an employment interview.

The author of more than 50 refereed articles, Barrick has contributed research into publications including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes among others. His work has been cited over 7,500 times ((Google Scholar, April 2010)).

In 2008, Barrick was named along with his co-author, Michael Mount, with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This award honors the individual who has made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Barrick commented that this was “…without a doubt the most significant achievement of my career.”

Barrick earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Akron. His teaching interests focus on the strategic utilization of human resources, developing effective selection systems, and incorporating motivation to manage more effectively.

Catagories: Faculty, Texas A&M

Street vendors in India, childcare providers in the United States, farm workers in Mexico: what do they have in common? They’re informal entrepreneurs, dealing in cash, unregulated and untaxed by the government. Depending on the country, these industrious, under-the-radar businesspeople account for as much as 80 percent of a nation’s economic output. Do traditional theories of entrepreneurship, theories that explain how entrepreneurial ventures are established and succeed in the formal economy also help us understand the establishment and potential success of ventures in the informal economy?

R. Duane Ireland
Ireland

This is one of the questions R. Duane Ireland, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Management and Carroll and Dorothy Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership, has examined recently. This important area of exploration is a small part of his large body of research, built over the past three plus decades of his career in academe. In recognition of his thought-leadership in the field of management, Ireland has been elected to an officer position on the board of governors of the Academy of Management. He will serve as president of the academy in the fourth year of the five-year term.

Ireland is the fourth member of the Mays management faculty to hold this position. Previous faculty members to serve as presidents of the academy are Don Hellriegel, Professor Emeritus; Michael Hitt, Distinguished Professor and Joe B. Foster ’56 Chair in Business Leadership; and former department head Angelo DeNisi, who left Mays in 2005 to become dean of the Freeman Business School at Tulane University.

“There’s a major commitment from this department to give back to the academy,” says Ireland. “Texas A&M and [Mays leadership] are supportive and encourage us to give back through the academy roles. Knowing how important the academy is to this faculty, we all feel that whenever we have the opportunity to serve, we clearly should do so.”

Ireland is enthusiastic about his upcoming term with the academy, which will begin in August 2010. In the first two years, he will be involved in developing programs and workshops for the academy’s annual meetings. In the following years, he will be vice president, president, and past president.

He sees this service opportunity as a chance to “represent our university and to represent Mays,” in a meaningful way. As the current editor of the Academy of Management Journal, he travels multiple times each semester to guest lecture around the country. He will continue to be high profile in his new office, which will be of benefit to the business school. “It signals to others that Texas A&M’s management department is very involved in scholarship and in the academy…It gives us a lot of credibility.”

The academy represents nearly 20,000 management faculty members from universities around the world. In this leadership role, Ireland will work with others with the purpose of positively impacting the scholarship and professional development of scholars throughout the world.

The current board of governors of the academy recently concluded updating the organization’s strategic plan. Ireland expects that implementing the changes the board wishes to make will be a significant challenge during his term in office. Specifically, Ireland predicts he will work to help the academy increase engagement via technology, facilitating thought sharing between members of their global organization. Also, Ireland is interested in helping academy members reach their objectives as scholars interested in creating knowledge through their work and effectively disseminating new information through their teaching.

The election to the top leadership of an international management organization is the crowning achievement for Ireland, who has had his share of accolades and achievements. For the past three years he has served as the editor of the Academy of Management Journal, one of the premiere journals for publishing empirical management scholarship. He has served in other roles with that publication, as well as associate editor of Academy of Management Executive and consulting editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

From 2005 to 2007, Ireland served as the head of the Department of Management at Mays. In 2007, he was named a Texas A&M Distinguished Professor, a title given by the chancellor of the A&M System, connoting a researcher who is considered among the top five percent of their field by peers throughout the world.

His latest election within the Academy of Management is not his first role there. From 2002 to 2005, he was a representative-at-large on its board of governors. He also has served as a member of the executive committee and as secretary of the business policy and strategy division. He is also one of four Mays faculty members to be appointed as a Fellow of the academy (Hitt and Hellriegel, as well as Murray Barrick, department head, Distinguished Professor and Paul M. & Rosalie Robertson Chair in Business).

Catagories: Faculty

Brett Anitra Gilbert, assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, has been chosen as one of five recipients of the annual Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research. The fellowship will provide Texas A&M with a grant of $50,000 over two years to support Gilbert’s research activities.

Other recipients of this year’s Kauffman Fellowships hail from Harvard University and UCLA.

Brett A. Gilbert
Gilbert

This prestigious award recognizes tenured or tenure-track junior faculty members at accredited U.S. universities who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.

Gilbert’s research focuses on the effect of clustering on innovation. Her research asks whether having a cluster of related business in the same region (e.g. Silicon Valley) advances or hinders innovation. With this new source of funding, Gilbert will examine how clustering impacts new ventures in the area of disruptive technology  (innovations that will eventually replace an older technology completely). Specifically, she plans to look at innovations in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

“What I’m trying to understand is whether or not clustering helps to encourage or discourage innovation,” said Gilbert. “There’s a lot of literature that shows clusters are very conducive to innovation activity, but then there’s also literature which suggests that clusters tend to create group think and can be discouraging of new thought…This could actually prohibit any new technological paradigms from being created within a cluster.”

Gilbert says that the Kauffman funds will accelerate her research as she compares regions where hydrogen and fuel cells are and are not being developed and analyzes the differences between the two types of regions. The additional funding will allow her to travel domestically and internationally to interview entrepreneurs in this field and to learn how clustering is impacting their ability to bring these new products to the marketplace. It will also help her understand the general challenges these entrepreneurs are facing in commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and how they are circumventing those challenges.

The Kauffman Foundation has ties to the political arena and Gilbert says this research could one day have an influence on public policy. “I hope that this research will inform various government agencies as to what needs to be in place for these truly new technological paradigms to emerge,” she said. She also hopes that her work will advance hydrogen and fuel cell innovations and other green technologies, which she sees as important technologies with an unfortunate “liberal” stigma.

“I want to help eliminate some of the barriers so that these technologies can be brought to the marketplace,” Gilbert said.

Fellow Mays faculty member Duane Ireland nominated Gilbert for this award. “I was honored to nominate Brett for this prestigious fellowship,” Ireland said. “The research she is conducting in the entrepreneurship domain is truly significant. In this sense, she is examining questions with the potential to meaningfully inform both future academic scholarship as well as entrepreneurial practices. I am extremely pleased to learn that Brett’s work and talent are being appropriately recognized.”

According to the Kauffman website, the fellows program will help to launch world-class scholars into a young and exciting field of research, thus laying a foundation for future scientific advancement. The findings generated by this effort will be translated into knowledge with immediate application for policymakers, educators, service providers, and entrepreneurs as well as high-quality academic research.

Gilbert holds a PhD in entrepreneurship from Indiana University. Before joining the faculty at Texas A&M in 2007, she taught entrepreneurship courses at Georgia State University for three years.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people’s eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets.

Catagories: Faculty

A recent PhD graduate and three professors from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University have been recognized for a paper they presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) in Madrid, Spain, June 7-9, 2007. The paper has recently been given the Irene M. McCarthy Award for the Best Paper on the Topic of High Technology. It has also been accepted for publication in the prestigious 2007 Annual Frontiers of Entrepreneurship (FER).

Holcomb
Holcomb

Their paper “Resources, Industry Membership, And Firm Performance: The Role Of Capability Configurations In Value Creation For IPO Stage New Ventures”, was from the dissertation of Tim Holcomb, a 2007 graduate who is now an assistant professor in the management department at Florida State University.

Holcomb co-authored the paper with three members of his dissertation committee: co-chair Michael A. Hitt, Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, Joe B. Foster Chair in Business Leadership, and C.W. and Dorothy Conn Chair in New Ventures; co-chair R. Duane Ireland, professor and Foreman R. and Ruby S. Bennett Chair in Business Administration; and S. Trevis Certo, associate professor and Mays research fellow.

“I believe that this award is a testament to the quality of Tim’s research and portends an excellent academic career for him,” said Hitt.

Ireland also had praise for his pupil. “Tim is a very talented individual. I am certain that his research will result in significant scholarly contributions throughout his academic career…I am thrilled for his work to be recognized in this manner,” he said.

The BCERC is considered to be the premier entrepreneurship research conference in the world. The FER contains selected papers from the Babson conference and is the most comprehensive collection of empirical research papers on entrepreneurship. Only forty of the more than 400 papers presented at the conference are published in the proceedings.

In 2007, Holcomb was recognized at A&M with a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research.

Catagories: Faculty, Former Students

Mays Business School has long been known for the quality of its management research, but the stakes just got higher: the management department now houses two more top-rated academic journals and a new entrepreneurship journal.

Management Department Head R. Duane Ireland was just named editor-elect of the prestigious Academy of Management Journal. International business expert Lorraine Eden, a management professor, will start vetting manuscripts this summer as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business Studies. And Distinguished Professor Michael A. Hitt is serving as founding co-editor of a new journal in the field of entrepreneurship: the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. The trio of journal editors joins Fouraker Professor Richard W. Woodman, who is already editing the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science from his office at Mays.

Hitt also previously served as editor of Academy of Management Journal, making Mays one of only three schools in the 50-year history of that journal to have had two Academy of Management Journal editors on faculty. The University of Washington and University of Oregon are the only other schools to hold that distinction.

Ireland, also Bennett Chair in Business, served as associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal for three years. No stranger to the research management role that an editor must fulfill, Ireland has also been associate editor for Academy of Management Executive and consulting editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Management, has published more than 70 scholarly articles and is a co-author of 10 books.

Eden will assume editor-in-chief duties for the highly rated Journal of International Business Studies in January 2008, making her the first woman and second Canadian to take on the role for the Academy of International Business.

Hitt’s Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal is a new creation sponsored by the Strategic Management Society. That’s the same society that publishes the Strategic Management Journal, one of the most prestigious journals in the management field. Hitt’s emphasis on the strategy of new ventures and the management of innovation are guaranteed to produce important academic results that will advance knowledge of entrepreneurship. The new journal is scheduled to publish its first issue in 2007.

Management faculty members are also associate editors and members of editorial boards for some 35 other scholarly publications, including Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management and Journal of Business Venturing.

“The Mays management faculty has long been dedicated to the importance of giving back to the scholarly community through editorial service,” Ireland says. “People are asked to serve as members of editorial review boards and are selected as editors on the basis of the quality of their published research and in light of their ability to provide constructive and timely feedback to others when reviewing manuscripts for journals. Our management faculty remains widely recognized for the high quality of its research and for its skills in handling editorial responsibilities.”

Catagories: Departments, Faculty, Research Notes

It’s hard to match Harvard’s pace in any field, but when it comes to productivity in the top management research journals, Mays’ management faculty has done just that.

Management professors tied Harvard for second in terms of research contribution and publishing volume for management departments among the Association of American Universities’ 62 most prominent research institutions in North America. The University of Florida’s faculty came in first in the rankings, which compare the number of research publications in the top eight journals in management in 2004 and 2005.

Rounding out the top five are the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Michigan State University.

The assessment of research productivity has traditionally been based on the number of research publications in high-quality journals. The management productivity ratings are the result of a joint study undertaken by two scholars at the University of Florida and Texas A&M. The last such study, completed in 2003, tied Mays’ management faculty for third with the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Minnesota.

“Our faculty members’ ability to consistently publish research in the leading management journals demonstrates their commitment to generating new knowledge that enhances the management field’s understanding of different organizational phenomena,” says R. Duane Ireland, head of Mays’ Department of Management and Bennett Chair holder. “Being ranked second among North America’s most prominent research institutions demonstrates our faculty’s professionalism and dedication to conducting high-quality research on critically important topics.”

The Texas A&M management faculty has long been considered a leading group of scholars in terms of research productivity and most-cited scholarly works. In 2000, the Academy of Management Journal ranked Mays’ management researchers 10th in research productivity. And in a fall 2006 retrospective article in the Journal of Management, Mays faculty members were among the most cited authors and most frequent contributors in the 30-year life of the journal.

Catagories: Departments, Faculty, Research Notes