Measuring the Impact of Faculty Research: A Case Study

20 Pages Posted: 5 May 2015

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Steve Albrecht

Brigham Young University

T. Jeffrey Wilks

Brigham Young University

David A. Wood

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy

Date Written: May 4, 2015

Abstract

A major element of many academic programs’ missions is to produce rigorous research. For a variety of reasons, including accreditation requirements, it is important to measure the impact of that research. For example, such a measurement can help an academic unit understand whether the resources used to enhance faculty research capabilities and productivity are cost beneficial. This paper provides a case study of how the School of Accountancy at Brigham Young University measures the impact of its faculty’s research output. The case study shows how an academic unit’s research should be tied to the unit’s foundation documents and mission and suggests ways in which the impact of faculty research can be assessed. The case study highlights many of the difficult issues in measuring impact and provides an example of how one academic unit addressed these issues. Because every academic unit that attempts to measure the impact of its faculty research must address similar issues and questions, the paper should be helpful to those trying to measure research impact.

Keywords: Research, Research Impact, Faculty Promotion, Faculty Evaluation, Accreditation

JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M1

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, Steve and Wilks, Thomas Jeffrey and Wood, David A., Measuring the Impact of Faculty Research: A Case Study (May 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2602466 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2602466

Steve Albrecht

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Thomas Jeffrey Wilks

Brigham Young University ( email )

School of Accountancy
526 Tanner Building
Provo, UT 84602 84602
United States
801-422-3930 (Phone)
801-422-0621 (Fax)

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David A. Wood (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - School of Accountancy ( email )

518 TNRB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States
801-422-8642 (Phone)
801-422-0621 (Fax)

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