Which researchers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH region) are the strongest in research in terms of publications? The magazine WirtschaftsWoche tries to answer this question in different ranking lists. For the economists ranking, the publications of all research contributions to international journals over the last five years (2016 to 2020) were evaluated. Seven faculty members of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management are represented on the lists this year.
In the main category "Top researchers in business administration from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland", three professors of the business school are to be found on the list of the 100 top researchers: Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting, and Taxation (#34), Stefan Spinler, Kühne-Foundation endowed Chair for Logistics Management (#53), and Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation (#99). WHU is also well positioned when it comes to young researchers. Martin Jacob (#4), Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business (25th place), and Arne Strauss, Mercator Endowed Chair of Demand Management and Sustainable Transport (#71), are among the "strongest researchers in business administration under 40".
The WirtschaftsWoche's special ranking of researchers’ lifetime achievements has been extended to 250 places. All publications of the scientists which ever appeared in the most renowned journals were evaluated. WHU professors Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of International Business and Supply Management I (#85), Arnd Huchzermeier, Chair of Production Management (#132), Stefan Spinler (#176), and, once again, Martin Jacob (#203) are to be found on this list.
A whole point was awarded in the economist ranking for a publication in one of the most renowned journals. For publications in less well-known journals, correspondingly, fewer points were awarded with gradations of down to 0.025 points. The data collection is based on the web portal Forschungsmonitoring, which is operated by the economic research institute KOF of the ETH Zurich, with support of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE). Although the methodology of the analysis is not entirely uncontroversial, the WirtschaftsWoche's ranking of economists is perceived by the public as an indicator of special research achievements, along other rankings.
Please find the article of WirtschaftsWoche with the complete ranking here (in German).