Management faculty repeats top ranking for research productivity

UGA Department of Management ranks No. 1 for papers published in top journals during 2020

Merritt Melancon | Mar. 25, 2021

Management professor (center) Marie Mitchell speaks with graduate students.
Management professor Marie Mitchell (center) speaks with graduate students.

For the second year in a row, the Terry College of Business management faculty is ranked first in the nation for its research productivity.

The Department of Management published the most papers in the field’s top research journals in 2019 and again in 2020. The department’s five-year publications total ranked fifth nationally, with the University of Georgia credited with 68 published papers from 2016-2020.

Just as notable, UGA ranked first for per capita research productivity for the same five-year period, with an average of 5.2 top journal publications per tenured or tenure-track faculty member. The Terry College of Business was the only school in the ranking to average more than one top journal publication per faculty member annually since 2016.

“The ranking reflects an academic culture that supports and values the research of our faculty members and Ph.D. students and the impact that their scholarship has on management practices,” said Robert Vandenberg, the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business and head of the Department of Management. “The ecosystem of ideas and innovation that exists in our department is testament to the quality of the people working here and their commitment.”

The TAMUGA Rankings – named that because the research rankings are compiled every year by scholars at Texas A&M University and the University of Georgia – provide a survey of the articles publised in eight top-tier management research journals.

Research contributions from the management faculty at UGA aim to make businesses run more smoothly and help managers treat employees more fairly, but nationally known research programs also benefit students, said Tim Quigley, an associate professor of management at the Terry College and point person at UGA for the TAMUGA Rankings.

“Our scholarship enriches the classroom experience for undergraduates and plays an important role in the process of preparing our Ph.D. students,” Quigley said. “Our recent placements clearly show the impact our model has. Even though this was a challenging year with significantly fewer jobs due to the challenges of COVID-19, our students all landed tenure-track positions at fantastic research universities, and this all ties back to the culture of collaborative research productivity we have here in our department.”

The TAMUGA Rankings include the 150 most productive management departments in the country, though the number of schools included can vary due to ties in the rankings. The eight top-tier journals included in the ranking are: Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewAdministrative Science QuarterlyJournal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management JournalOrganizations Science, Personnel Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

The team compiling the rankings ensured that the authors were management faculty based on university affiliation provided in the article or online directories. Publications from faculty in industrial/organizational psychology were not included, nor were publications from faculty in labor and industrial relations. Similarly, publications from other business school faculty – such as marketing, accounting or information systems – were not included. 

The universities that have housed these research productivity rankings have changed over the years, but the methodology used has not changed, Quigley said.

“The process is transparent with full details of the methodology included on the website,” he added.

The TAMUGA Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity are available at