Business Research

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 180–204 | Cite as

VHB-JOURQUAL2: Method, Results, and Implications of the German Academic Association for Business Research’s Journal Ranking

  • Ulf SchraderEmail author
  • Thorsten Hennig-Thurau
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VHB-JOURQUAL represents the official journal ranking of the German Academic Association for Business Research. Since its introduction in 2003, the ranking has become the most influential journal evaluation approach in German-speaking countries, impacting several key managerial decisions of German, Austrian, and Swiss business schools. This article reports the methodological approach of the ranking’s second edition. It also presents the main results and additional analyses on the validity of the rating and the underlying decision processes of the respondents. Selected implications for researchers and higher-education institutions are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, Division of Work Studies: Economy and Sustainable ConsumptionTechnical University of BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Marketing and Media ResearchBauhaus-University of WeimarGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of ManagementCass Business SchoolCity University LondonUK

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