Academic rankings put Beedie among elite class of global business schools

Aug 26, 2011

Two university surveys published in recent times have reconfirmed that the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University ranks among the best globally in the realms of business and management research.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2011 Academic Ranking of the Top 500 World Universities, released in August, has placed Simon Fraser University among the top 75 schools internationally in the category of economics/business – a testament to both the Beedie School’s research output and that of SFU Economics. The Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings are heavily research-oriented, with weight given to criteria such as citations and publications in top academic journals.

In addition, the school continues to enjoy lofty standing in the Top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools published by University of Texas at Dallas. That ranking, which began including SFU in 2005, is based on publication in 24 elite business journals. In the area of management specifically, the Beedie School placed 22nd in the world.

“These are significant accomplishments for our faculty, and speak to our commitment to active participation in the global exchange of management ideas,” said Dean Daniel Shapiro. “While recognizing that rankings are never perfect, these surveys do affirm that we are among a very elite class of business schools globally.”

The Beedie School’s reputation for global-class research has mirrored the growing ambition and success of its faculty in recent years. A 2010 ranking of world business schools measured by scholarly impact in international business also ranked the school highly. Published in the journal International Business Review, the survey ranked universities in terms of international business research output in elite business journals over the past decade. The Beedie School ranked among the top 40 business schools globally, and was one of only two Canadian schools to appear in the survey.

This past spring, the Beedie School’s Management Information Systems (MIS) area was ranked among the Top 30 in the world by an analysis of publications in top academic journals — ahead of some of the world’s most prestigious research institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Stanford Graduate Business School. Developed by Dr. Viswanath Venkatesh, Chair in Information Systems at the University of Arkansas, the IS Research Ranking is based on the Association for Information Systems’ “Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals.”


Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools (University of Texas at Dallas)

IS Research Ranking