What, who or where? Rejoinder to "identifying research topic development in Business and Management education research using legitimation code theory"

Harzing, Anne-Wil ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1509-3003 (2016) What, who or where? Rejoinder to "identifying research topic development in Business and Management education research using legitimation code theory". Journal of Management Education, 40 (6). pp. 726-731. ISSN 1052-5629

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Abstract

Arbaugh, Fornaciari and Hwang (2016) use citation analysis – with Google Scholar as their source of citation data – to track the development of Business and Management Education research by studying the field’s 100 most highly cited articles. In their article, the authors distinguish several factors that might impact on an article’s level of citations: the topic it addresses, the profile of the author(s) who wrote it and the prominence of the journal that the article is published in.

Although these three factors might seem rather intuitive, and the authors certainly are not the first to identify them, there is a surprising dearth of studies in the bibliometrics literature that attempt to disentangle the relative impact of these factors on citation outcomes. Yet, this question is of considerable relevance in the context of academic evaluation. If citation levels of individual articles are determined more by what is published (topic) and who publishes it (author) rather than by where it is published (journal), this would provide clear evidence that the frequently used practice of employing the ISI journal impact factor to evaluate individual articles or authors is inappropriate.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International Business group
Item ID: 19982
Notes on copyright: The published version of the article is available on SAGE Journals (http://online.sagepub.com): http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1052562916652911
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 09:54
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2019 22:44
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19982

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