media release

SFU Beedie shines in research productivity survey

September 26, 2012

Derek Moscato, SFU Beedie, 778.782.5038,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 604.417.0881 (cell),

According to a new survey, Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business is tops in Western Canada, and among an elite group of management schools across the country, when it comes to research productivity.

The survey, published by the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, was first presented to the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans (CFBSD). It focuses on schools accredited by European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and/or Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

SFU Beedie is ranked second nationally in the report with a score of 1.69, only 0.02 points behind the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Rounding out the top five schools are University of British Columbia, University of Alberta and University of Western Ontario.

The survey examined faculty research productivity per capita from 2005 to 2009 using the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles in 40 top journals listed by the Financial Times (FT 40 journals) in its prestigious global business schools rankings.

“As a business school, we have made a concerted effort over the past decade to become a research leader both within Canada and internationally,” said Daniel Shapiro, dean of the Beedie School of Business. “This ranking highlights the excellence within our faculty, which continues to punch well above its weight in terms of the quality, depth and external relevance of research being generated.”

SFU Beedie carries out research focused on the strategic themes of innovation and technology, sustainability and governance, globalization, and capital markets. Recent research has focused on specific topics such as entrepreneurship in emerging markets; corporate governance in publicly traded small firms; the intersection of marketing and social media; and sustainability within the Brazilian energy sector.

The FT 40 report also highlights the increasing research output from leading business schools across Canada. According to the study, "Authorship rates have increased at a much higher rate than have the number of faculty at the schools we studied, particularly FT 40 authorship. This indicates higher intensity of top tier research productivity of the schools studied in this period."

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