Rankings Upon Rankings: And No End in Sight Discussion of ‘Quantitative and Qualitative Rankings of Scholars’ by Rost and Frey

Schmalenbach Business Review, 63(2011)1: 99-108

University of Zurich, Institute of Business Administration, UZH Business Working Paper No. 378

20 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2018

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Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration; Swiss Leading House

Date Written: January 5, 2011

Abstract

Katja Rost and Bruno S. Frey address an important topic. They compare two kinds of rankings, a conventional allegedly "quantitative“ publication ranking, and a ranking based on the membership on editorial boards of academic journals, which they call "qualitative“. They find that the relation between the two rankings is not linear, but inversely u-shaped. Consequently, they argue that maximizing publication rankings may lead to a decline in research quality. Therefore, basing promotion decisions solely on publication rankings could be counterproductive for science and hence should be avoided.

Suggested Citation

Backes-Gellner, Uschi, Rankings Upon Rankings: And No End in Sight Discussion of ‘Quantitative and Qualitative Rankings of Scholars’ by Rost and Frey (January 5, 2011). Schmalenbach Business Review, 63(2011)1: 99-108; University of Zurich, Institute of Business Administration, UZH Business Working Paper No. 378. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3273373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3273373

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