A recent article, “Perspective: Ranking of the World’s Top Innovation Management Scholars and Universities” in the Journal of Production Innovation Management, ranked the world’s top innovation management scholars and universities. Marketing Department Chair and Co-Director for the Institute of Entrepreneurship Professor Roger Calantone was ranked 2nd and Michigan State University (MSU) was ranked 3rd overall.
The study, by Pianpain Yang and Lei Tao, ranked 1,718 innovation management scholars using 1991-2010 data from peer-reviewed research journals, including two top innovation management journals (JPIM and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management), five top management journals (Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, and Academy of Management Journal) and two top marketing journals (Journal of Marketing and Journal of Marketing Research). Using these top 10 journals during the 20-year span noted, 1,229 innovation journals were included in the analysis based on their original contribution to innovation management research. Scholars were ranked by giving full credit to each author of an article, and a second adjusted ranking was done by weighting each author of an article (one divided by the number of authors in the article). Through this process, Calantone was ranked 2nd worldwide for 24 articles with an adjusted rank of 3rd with 8.75 articles.
This is also the first study to rank 625 universities for their current faculty research capabilities in this field. The university ranking was determined by tallying the publication records of current faculty at each university. Universities were then split into first tier (50th and above) and second tier rankings. Using the number of current faculty research publications in the top 10 journals, MSU placed 3rd (first in the Big 10) with 51 articles, with an adjusted ranking of 1st for 44.44 articles. The article credits MSU’s “excellent job in retaining top management faculty” as the reason for its success.