Financial Times has ranked the UW Foster School of Business faculty #6 in the world and #1 among public business schools for research productivity over the past three years.
This research index, a factor in the paper’s 2020 Global MBA Rankings, is derived by tallying the number of research papers by each b-school’s full-time faculty that were published in the top 50 scholarly journals, representing every business discipline, between January 2017 and August 2019. The ranking is weighted to reflect the relative size of each faculty.
FT’s top 10 in research includes:
- University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
- Harvard Business School (HBS)
- University of Chicago (Booth)
- Duke University (Fuqua)
- Columbia University
- University of Washington (Foster)
- University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson)
- MIT (Sloan)
- Washington University (Olin)
- Stanford University (GSB)
There appears to be a strong correlation between research prowess and quality of education provided. According to the Financial Times rankings, 7 of the world’s 10 most-productive research schools also offer top 10 MBA programs. And every one of FT’s top 10 research schools has an MBA program in the nation’s top 30.
Though the annual volume of publications can vary dramatically at even the most prolific of research institutions, the Foster School has maintained its position among the top-performing research faculties over a sustained period.
Foster’s faculty has been listed among the world’s top 25 in research every year since FT began tracking scholarly output. This includes a #24 research ranking in 2014, #24 in 2015, #16 in 2016, #7 in 2017, #3 in 2018, #7 in 2019 and #6 in 2020.
And, according to the less-comprehensive Top 100 Business Research Rankings, Foster stands at #13 in the nation for its publication record from 2017 to 2019. This index, compiled by the University of Texas at Dallas (Jindal), measures publications in a smaller set of 24 leading journals, representing every business discipline.
Strength from stem to stern
The Foster School’s faculty has excelled in all those disciplines. Each of Foster’s academic departments currently ranks among the top 25 in a variety of research area rankings.
The Foster Department of Management and Organization ranks #2 in the nation in research productivity from 2014 to 2018, according to the current Management Department Productivity Ranking, produced annually by Texas A&M University (Mays) and the University of Georgia (Terry). This unweighted ranking measures each school’s total number of studies published in the eight most-important management journals over a five-year period.
Foster’s Department of Accounting ranks #16 in the world for its studies published across 12 accounting journals over the past six years (2013-2018), according to the annual Brigham Young University (Marriott) Accounting Rankings (based on preliminary 2019 data). Over the same period, Foster Accounting also ranks #6 in financial accounting research.
The Foster School’s Department of Marketing and International Business registers at #16 in the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings, based on its 2015-2019 publication record in the four top marketing journals considered in the index.
The Foster Department of Finance and Business Economics generated the #16 most publications in the top four finance journals over the period from 2014 to 2018, according to the current Finance Ranking Index which is maintained by Arizona State University (Carey).
And Foster’s Department of Information Systems and Operations Management registers at #24 in the Top 100 Business School Research Rankings for its 2015-2019 publications across eight journals tracked. The same ranking lists the department #13 in the world for its 2019 contributions.