Returns to Scaling: Inter-Field Comparability of Citations to Business Scholarship

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Joel Waldfogel

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 25, 2015

Abstract

Citation measures are often employed to evaluate scholarship in business schools. We document here that citation practice as measured by the number of references per published article varies systematically across top-ranked journals in business school fields (accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, MIS, and operations). We develop a set of scale factors, based on references per article and inter-field citation patterns, for making citation measures comparable across fields. Because economics articles tend to cite literature sparingly, raw citation measures are systematically biased against economic scholarship.

Keywords: citation analysis; business school

JEL Classification: A12

Suggested Citation

Waldfogel, Joel, Returns to Scaling: Inter-Field Comparability of Citations to Business Scholarship (January 25, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3128269 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3128269

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