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Which Factors Drive the Decision to Boycott and Opt Out of Research Rankings? A Note


Michael Berlemann


University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Justus Haucap


Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf - Department of Economics; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

November 11, 2012


Abstract:     
This note contains an empirical analysis of the decision of German-speaking business scholars to boycott and opt out of the best known research ranking of business scholars, initiated and published by Germany’s largest business daily, Handelsblatt. Our analysis indicates that scientists who are more senior (already have a longer academic career) and scientists who have been either less successful or less eager to publish their research in internationally well renown journals with high impact factors are more likely to boycott the research ranking. In addition, scientists who have already been appointed to a professorship are more likely to boycott the ranking, while academics having obtained a Ph.D. (instead of a German-style doctorate) are less prone to supporting the boycott. Finally, researchers specializing in various more quantitatively oriented subjects (such as finance and operations research) are less likely to boycott the ranking, while researchers in some less quantitatively oriented subjects (such as business organization) are more likely supporting the boycott.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Journal Rankings, Evaluation of Research, Evaluation of Scientists, Business Scholars, Germany

JEL Classification: A10, M00

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Date posted: September 16, 2012 ; Last revised: November 12, 2012

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Berlemann, Michael and Haucap, Justus, Which Factors Drive the Decision to Boycott and Opt Out of Research Rankings? A Note (November 11, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2146475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2146475

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Michael Berlemann
University of the German Federal Armed Forces - Helmut Schmidt Universität ( email )
Holstenhofweg 85
Hamburg, 22043
Germany
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )
Poschingerstr. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Justus Haucap (Contact Author)
Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf - Department of Economics ( email )
Duesseldorf
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.dice.uni-duesseldorf.de
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
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