MIS Department Tops Assessment of Research Productivity
Scholarly ranking measures impact of research on the information systems field.
TUCSON, Ariz. – March 22, 2011 – A scientific ranking conducted by the University of Arkansas placed the University of Arizona’s Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) — housed in the Eller College of Management — among the most influential in the country in terms of research productivity.
The ranking assesses the frequency with which a given university’s researchers appear in the best three academic journals in the field: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and Journal of MIS. The UA Department of MIS ranked #4 over the period 2008-2010, ahead of other top programs including the University of Texas Austin and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Four Eller College researchers were named among the top 100 authors: Jay Nunamaker (#25), Hsinchun Chen (#31), Paulo Goes (#33), and David Pingry (#33).
The Department of MIS was also named #4 among public programs and #7 among all programs nationwide in the March 15 U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate management programs.
“The U.S. News ranking is about academic programs, while the University of Arkansas ranking is strictly about research productivity,” explained Paulo Goes, department head and Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology. “The rankings are measuring different things, which I think speaks to what a well-rounded department we have. In addition to influential research and great teaching, we also have a lot of success with grant generation.”
Goes said that the department has an estimated $75 million in grant projects running concurrently at this time, from the iPlant Collaborative with the UA’s BIO5 Institute to the 14-university BORDERS consortium, which is at the forefront of technology development for border security.
“MIS research is very practical,” Goes said. “Not only can it be translated immediately into the classroom, it also has a significant impact on society.”
One recent article published in the top-tier journal Management Information Systems Quarterly revolved around the detection of fake websites, which generate billions of dollars in fraudulent revenue at the expense of unsuspecting internet users. In another interdisciplinary article published in the top-tier marketing journal Marketing Science, researchers developed a model for market segmentation designed to provide marketing decision makers with enhanced flexibility missing in existing methods.Three of the co-authors on these two projects — Jay Nunamaker, Hsinchun Chen, and Sudha Ram — are among a select group of scholars to score higher than 20 on the h-index, a scholarly formula developed to measure influence in academia. The score is determined by the number of papers that have been cited at least that many times. Ram, for example, has an h-index of over 20, meaning 20 of her papers have been cited 20 times or more by other researchers. Nunamaker and Chen have h-index scores over 50. They are two of only four researchers in MIS with scores that high, according to the most recent measurements by Google Scholar.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #12 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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