Business Research

Judging Research With Impact

Successful research often starts with a belief that you will discover something that will make a difference. With business schools spending millions of dollars a year to support faculty research, our findings should matter, and at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business, we have conducted studies that matter for decades.

As professors dedicate years to research, a crowning accomplishment is for their findings to reach others through publication. This issue of Focus features our faculty research that has been included in top publications such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Atlantic Economic Journal, the Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy and the Journal of Research for Consumers.

The publication of academic research is a conduit for showcasing potential impact of research, but its actual impact is measured after the research is widely disseminated. This thought leadership has inspired change within corporations, industry-supported studies, and practitioners' adoption and implementation of research ideas.

How do we judge research with impact? The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) serves as an international accrediting organization for business schools and defines effective research as diverse, highly visible and accessible to the public at large.

These factors provide measurements to determine research with impact:

  • the number of times a published article is cited
  • the number of awards its authors receive

  • testimony before a government or other policy-making body 

  • changes in business practice

  • requests to present papers at important gatherings

  • sales numbers of books

This issue of Focus also highlights achievements of Hankamer faculty members. Dorothy Leidner earned the prestigious honor of being named an AIS (Association for Information Systems) Fellow. Four faculty members received awards for outstanding research: Christopher Blocker, Cindy Riemenschneider, Van Pham and Cindy Wu. The Hankamer School of Business celebrates an achievement of a student as well. Janice Lo is the first to earn a PhD in Information Systems from the School.

By engaging in and consistently publishing significant research, the faculty of the Hankamer School of Business will continue to play a fundamental role in the shaping of our business world.

Terry S. Maness

Dean, Hankamer School of Business

Dean Terry Maness
Baylor University