Discipline note: A ranking of business school operations management departments based on current faculty publications in five journals


A partial answer is provided to the question “what are the most research productive business school Operations Management departments?” Among the many research rankings published, this research question appears to be unique. Other efforts in Operations Management rank either business schools or entire universities. Our criterion for ordering departments is also unique: publications only by faculty currently employed by the department. Other rankings do not consider the number or title of faculty, thereby providing an advantage to larger and more experienced faculty. This ranking is adjusted for both number of faculty and years of experience.

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Table 14 Operations Management Department Names and Research Faculty Sizes for Selected Business Schools

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Metters, R. Discipline note: A ranking of business school operations management departments based on current faculty publications in five journals. Oper Manag Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12063-021-00182-3

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