Profiling the Research Productivity of Tenured Information Systems Faculty at U.S. Institutions

MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35(1), pp. 1–15 (ISSN- 0276-7783), 2011

48 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010 Last revised: 30 Jun 2013

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Douglas L. Dean

Brigham Young University - Information Systems Department

Paul Benjamin Lowry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business

Sean Humphreys

Brigham Young University - Department of Information Systems

Date Written: March 1, 2010

Abstract

In how many highly rated journal articles do IS research faculty publish to earn tenure? Which journals are highly rated outlets? Tenure candidates, promotion and tenure committees, and those who are asked to write external letters are frequently called upon to answer such questions. When Dennis et al. (2006) examined all IS Ph.D. graduates entering academic careers, few faculty had published enough articles in 20 “elite” journals in six years to meet tenure research expectations at research-extensive schools. Our study builds on the dialog started by Dennis et al. In our study, we counted the number of journal articles at the point of tenure of faculty who earned tenure within five to seven years after their Ph.D. graduation date. We also examined the effect of acknowledging different sets of journals as highly rated on the publication rates of faculty who earned tenure. Specifically, we examined the effects of expanding on Dennis et al. by including MISQ, ISR, JMIS, JAIS, ISJ, EJIS, JIT, and JSIS in the journal basket. We also looked at the effect of acknowledging highly rated non-IS business journals and highly rated computer science and engineering journals. Finally, we present journal publication benchmarks based on these findings for different types of research institutions.

Keywords: Tenure standards, publication standards, publication benchmarks, faculty productivity, scientometrics, Carnegie Classification

Suggested Citation

Dean, Douglas L. and Lowry, Paul Benjamin and Humphreys, Sean, Profiling the Research Productivity of Tenured Information Systems Faculty at U.S. Institutions (March 1, 2010). MIS Quarterly, Vol. 35(1), pp. 1–15 (ISSN- 0276-7783), 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1562263

Douglas L. Dean

Brigham Young University - Information Systems Department ( email )

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Marriott School
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Paul Benjamin Lowry (Contact Author)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business ( email )

1016 Pamplin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Sean Humphreys

Brigham Young University - Department of Information Systems ( email )

510 Tanner Building
Marriott School
Provo, UT 84602
United States

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