Management scholars at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School are among the most-cited and most-published authors in 30 years of the Journal of Management. That includes the efforts of former journal editor and Executive Associate Dean Ricky W. Griffin, who in just three years as editor in the 1990s published more than half of the most-cited articles in the journal's history.
In an August 2006 retrospective on the first 30 years of the Journal of Management, the journal's 10 past editors take account of the growth of the scholarly journal, which first began publishing in 1974. The journal is ranked fifth in the management field in terms of impact and seventh in citations.
Under Griffin's editorship from 1990 to 1992, he invited submissions, reviewed and/or accepted 16 of the top 30 most frequently cited articles in the Journal of Management. Those are research articles that had findings and insight that became source material for other research.
Griffin, who holds the rank of distinguished professor and is holder of the Blocker Chair, also had the highest counts of any of the journal's editors for the average citations per article, in 1991 averaging 88.5 citations per article. That compares to just 24.5 average citations per article in 1989, the year before he was editor. "I made a strategic decision from Day 1 to aggressively solicit manuscript submissions from well-established and highly visible scholars in the discipline," he explains in the August issue of Journal of Management.
The journal also delves into its author history, examining the researchers whose works became the most-cited in the journal and the authors who were the most frequent contributors. On the list of the most-cited JOM article authors are Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Management and Foster and Conn Chair holder Michael A. Hitt, with two of the 30 most-cited studies, and Mays' Management Department Head and Bennett Chair R. Duane Ireland with one.
Hitt was also tops in the prolific category during the first 30 issues of the journal: he is ranked second with 12 articles. Ireland came in on the list of most frequent journal authors with six articles, and Mays Professor of Management Gareth R. Jones is among the most prolific authors with five.
The Management Department at Mays is highly regarded for its proficient and productive scholars, university officials note. The Academy of Management Journal ranked Texas A&M's management faculty 10th in terms of research productivity in 2000. Also, Mays Business School has one of the highest numbers of faculty in the Academy of Management Fellows: four management professors are fellows, part of an elite circle of academics honored for significant contributions to the science and practice of management.