HEC Lausanne research ranked in the top 100 in Europe: five professors stand outFive professors from the Faculty of Business and Economics at UNIL are listed among the researchers who are most often cited in academic publications in the European Union and Switzerland, according to the InCites ranking for September 2017. These excellent results place the University of Lausanne in the top 100, more specifically in 73rd position, in the ‘Business & Economics’ field out of 1,462 universities and institutes or research centers, reflecting the excellence and high academic impact of the Faculty’s research.
Why use citations to evaluate research? Eugene Garfield, the renowned American linguist who was involved in setting up the Current Contents, Science Citation Index (SCI) mentioned in 1982 that citations can be viewed as “the currency by which researchers repay the intellectual debt they owe their predecessors”. This statement reflects the enormous importance of citations in the academic world. Citations are, in general, a strong indicator of researchers’ influence on their peers.
According to the InCites ranking for September 2017, Professors John Antonakis , Guido Palazzo and Rafael Lalive are among the top 1% in the “Business and Economics” field (out of 106,678 researchers), which covers management, finance and economics, among other research areas. In fact, the three researchers are some of those most frequently cited, and have ranked in 89th place (John Antonakis, Department of Organizational Behavior), 126th place (Guido Palazzo, Department of Strategy) and 133rd place (Rafael Lalive, Department of Economics) respectively.
Two researchers at HEC Lausanne in actuarial sciences also achieved a high ranking: Enkelejd Hashorva and Hansjoerg Albrecher. They are in the top 5% out of 123,617 researchers in the “Mathematics” field in Europe and Switzerland.
The InCites ranking is based on data collected over the last ten years (2007 and 2017) by the university information service Web of Science (Clarivate). This database indexes citations from the most important academic journals, which are filtered for selectivity. The Faculty can therefore be more than proud of its researchers, who are standing out in some of its flagship research areas!
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 Garfield, E. (1982). The ethics of scientific publication: Authorship attribution and citation amnesia. Current Contents, 30, 622-626.