Ian McCarthy named a Top Professor on Twitter in leadership, innovation and strategy

Aug 12, 2013
Beedie School of Business Professor Ian McCarthy

Beedie School of Business Professor Ian McCarthy

Ian McCarthy, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology & Operations Management at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, has been named to a prestigious list of the Top 50 Professors on Twitter, ranking him as one of the most influential academics using social media in the fields of leadership, innovation and strategy.

The LDRLB list recognizes those professors who consistently build upon their body of knowledge and further the goal of evidence-based leadership through the use of Twitter. LDRLB (pronounced “leader lab”) is an online think tank that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy.

McCarthy’s inclusion in the list sees him ranked alongside such illustrious names as leading urban American studies theorist Richard Florida; Michael Porter, a recognized authority on company strategy and regular contributor to Harvard Business Review; and leadership expert Karl Moore.

“I am honored and delighted to be on this list,” said McCarthy. “Social media is increasingly being used by academics as a tool to broadcast to, and listen to other academics, policy makers and practioners. It has proven invaluable for me in disseminating my research, promoting the Beedie School of Business, and learning about new trends, findings and events that help shape my research and teaching.”

After a public vote to nominate the top professors on Twitter in the fields of leadership, innovation, and strategy, LDRLB compiled the list based on prominent social media metric Klout’s scores of the chosen professors. By using Klout, which measures influence by using data from selected media channels, such as unique mentions and Facebook comments and likes, as opposed to the number of followers each professor has, LDRLB aimed to reward those professors who focus their influence on smaller fields as much as those tweeting about more mainstream subjects.

In being selected for the list McCarthy joins several other distinguished luminaries from notable institutions such as Harvard Business School, Stanford University, London Business School, and Oxford University. McCarthy’s inclusion on the list is the latest recognition of his influence on social media. In 2012 he was named on Business Insider’s list of “54 Smart Thinkers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter”, as well as OnlineMBA’s “50 Business Professors You Should Follow on Twitter” list.

His social media activity – along with social media output from Daniel Shapiro, Canada’s first business school Dean on Twitter, and other professors – has helped the Beedie School of Business maintain its place as the most influential Canadian business school on social media according to Klout metrics.

To view the full list, visit http://ldrlb.co/top-professors-on-twitter/.

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