Scholarly Impact Revisited; ranking most highly cited management scholars in the past three decades by counting the number of pages indexed by google to assess scholarly impact on stakeholders outs…

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Scholarly impact is one of the strongest currencies in the Academy and has traditionally been equated with number of citations—be it for individuals, articles, departments, universities, journals, or entire fields. Adopting an alternative definition and measure, we use number of pages as indexed by to assess scholarly impact on stakeholders outside of the Academy. Based on a sample including 384 of the 550 most highly cited management scholars in the past three decades, results show that scholarly impact is a multidimensional construct and the impact of scholarly research on internal stakeholders (i.e., other members of the Academy) cannot be equated with impact on external stakeholders (i.e., those outside of the Academy). We illustrate these results with tables showing important changes in the rank ordering of individuals based on whether we operationalize impact considering internal stakeholders (i.e., number of citations) or external stakeholders (i.e., number of non .edu web pages). Also, we provide tables listing the most influential scholars inside of the Academy who also have an important impact outside of the Academy. We discuss implications for empirical research, theory development, and practice regarding the meaning and measurement of scholarly impact.



Issue: Volume 26, Number 2 May 2012
Title: ARTICLE: Scholarly Impact Revisited
Authors: Herman Aguinis, Isabel Suarez-Gonzalez, Gustavo Lannelongue, Harry Joo

The Academy of Management Perspectives is a journal of The Academy of Management .


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RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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