In a recent study published in the Journal of Business Ethics in July 2016 titled “A Citation Analysis of Business Ethics Research: A Global Perspective”, York University ranked as the number one academic institution in the world in terms of quality of business ethics journal publications. Publication quality was measured by citation impact of articles published in 10 leading business ethics journals over a 14-year period from 1999 to 2012. The top 100 academic institutions in the world were identified in the study.
According to the data set provided by the authors of the study, several York University professors contributed to York University’s number one ranking. Leading the way for York was Professor Mark Schwartz, who teaches business ethics at the School of Administrative Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS). Schwartz was ranked fourth in the world in terms of business ethics research quality out of 7,908 business ethics authors.
Other top ranked researchers contributing to York’s number one ranking include Schulich School of Business Professor Andrew Crane (ranked 19th), former York University Schulich School of Business Professor Bryan Husted (ranked 21st), Schulich School of Business Professor Dirk Matten (ranked 33rd), LA&PS Business and Society Professor Darryl Reed (ranked 67th), Professor Emeritus Wesley Cragg, (ranked 69th), Schulich School of Business Professor Linda Thorne (ranked 132nd) and Schulich School of Business Professor Justin Tan (ranked 182nd).
In a previous Journal of Business Ethics study published in 2010, York University was ranked seventh in the world in terms of business ethics research productivity based on the number of business ethics publications from its professors in leading business ethics journals during the period 1999 to 2008.
The 2016 study was published in the Journal of Business Ethics, which is widely considered to be the leading journal in the business ethics field and is identified on the Financial Times list of the top 50 business journals and Business Week’s top 20 journal list used for its MBA rankings.
The other Canadian academic institutions identified in the study that made it to the top-100 list include the University of Calgary (28th), the University of Toronto (36th), Simon Fraser University (54th), the University of Western Ontario (78th), Queen’s University (79th) and Saint Mary’s University (85th).