The private business school prevailed against faculties at partly long-established, large state universities in the list of the best.
"On the one hand, I am pleased that the Wirtschaftswoche research ranking shows that private universities also make a decisive contribution to the research landscape," explains Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU. "At the same time, the current Wirtschaftswoche methodology benefits very large faculties whose research strategy aims less at top publications in STAR journals than at breadth. WHU strives for research-oriented publications at the highest level. Our per capita productivity here is well above that of many universities that are ahead of us in the current Wirtschaftswoche research ranking."
The WHU faculty currently consists of 51 professors. They are active in research and have acquired their excellent reputation as economists through their participation in numerous national and international research projects. Research in the field of business administration should not only expand the theoretical knowledge in this area but also have particular value for business practice. WHU scientists work closely with companies. They examine practical problems from a theoretical point of view and thus create an interface between science and the business world.
The current Wirtschaftswoche ranking is based on figures from the research monitoring of the KOF / ETH Zurich and the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE). The best 25 universities are listed according to an analysis of the research publications of 200 universities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland between 2009 and 2018.