Consider a publication in Academy of Management Journal that was coauthored by two University of Florida professors, one Texas A&M University professor, and one University of Georgia professor. That article would count as “one” for Florida, “one” for Texas A&M, and “one” for Georgia, even though two authors were from Florida.
In doing the counts, care is taken to ensure that professors are Management faculty in U.S. business schools, based on affiliation information provided in the article or in online directories. Publications for faculty in Industrial/Organizational Psychology are not counted, nor are publications for faculty in Labor and Industrial Relations. Similarly, publications from other business school faculty—such as Marketing, Accounting, or MIS—are not counted. The majority of the faculty included in the rankings are in standalone Management departments. In cases where faculty reside in separate Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management groups, the two groups are aggregated as if they are one department.
The rankings reflect publications in a given calendar year. Thus, the 2017 rankings reflect publications that came out “in print” from January to December of 2017. The date that the article was originally accepted is irrelevant, as is the date that an article was published “online first.” The rankings display the 150-most productive groups for a given window (though the exact number varies due to ties), with the stipulation that the group must have published at least two articles in the window. The raw data are kept for more than just the top 150, however, to ensure that the 5-year totals are accurate.
Information on faculty size is taken from online directories, as shown here. Size totals represent tenure-track faculty only. The totals exclude instructors, lecturers, clinical faculty, part-time faculty, fixed-term faculty, professors of instruction, teaching professors, service professors, research professors, research associates, educators, professors of practice, executive professors, executives in residence, practitioner faculty, emeritus faculty, courtesy appointments, and professors in residence. The size data from 2017 are currently utilized in all of the rankings, even for earlier years. Over time, a separate size number will be calculated each year, with the 5-year totals including an average size figure.
Region designations are based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis regions. The bureau’s “Great Lakes” term is referred to as “Midwest” in the rankings.