Beedie School shines in FT 40 business schools research surveySep 26, 2012
A new ranking of globally accredited Canadian business schools based on research productivity has positioned the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University as tops in Western Canada, and among an elite group of management schools across Canada.
The survey, published by the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, was first presented to the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD) and focuses on schools accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and/or AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
The Beedie School of Business is ranked second nationally in the report with a score of 1.69, only 0.02 points behind the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Rounding out the top five schools were the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario.
The survey examined faculty research productivity per capita for the period 2005 to 2009 using the publication of peer reviewed journal articles in 40 top journals listed by the Financial Times (FT 40 journals) in its prestigious global business schools rankings.
“As a business school we have made a concerted effort over the past decade to become a research leader both within Canada and internationally,” said Daniel Shapiro, Dean of the Beedie School of Business. “This ranking highlights the excellence within our faculty, which continues to punch well above its weight in terms of the quality, depth and external relevance of research being generated.”
The Beedie School carries out research focused on the strategic themes of innovation and technology, sustainability and governance, globalization, and capital markets. Recent research has focused on specific topics such as entrepreneurship in emerging markets; corporate governance in publicly traded small firms; the intersection of marketing and social media; and sustainability within the Brazilian energy sector.
The FT 40 report also highlights the increasing research output from leading business schools across Canada. According to the study, “Authorship rates have increased at a much higher rate than have the number of faculty at the schools we studied, particularly FT 40 authorship. This indicates higher intensity of top tier research productivity of the schools studied in this period.”