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Research Report
Eller MIS and Accounting Programs Top Peer Research Rankings

Jay Nunamaker  Hsinchun Chen  Paulo Goes  David Pingry  Sudha Ram
Top-ranked MIS faculty (left to right): UA Regents' Professor
Jay Nunamaker, McClelland Professor of MIS Hsinchun Chen,
Salter Distinguished Professor in Technology and Management
and MIS Department Head Paulo Goes, McClelland Professor of
MIS David Pingry, and McClelland Professor of MIS Sudha Ram.

By Liz Warren-Pederson

A ranking compiled by the University of Arkansas placed the Department of MIS among the most influential in the country in terms of research productivity. The College is also home to the #1 author of research in the areas of tax and archival tax and is ranked among the top accounting programs nationwide, according to a research ranking conducted by Brigham Young University.

The MIS ranking assesses the frequency with which a given university’s researchers appear in the best three academic journals in the field, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and Journal of MIS. The Department of MIS ranked #4 over the period 2008-2010, ahead of other top programs including the University of Texas Austin and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Four Eller College researchers were named among the top 100 authors: Jay Nunamaker (#25), Hsinchun Chen (#31), Paulo Goes (#33), and David Pingry (#33).

The accounting ranking is similar, calculating the frequency in which individuals and their institutions appear in the most rigorously peer-reviewed academic journals in the field of accounting, and providing objective insight into overall influence over time, as well as influence in sub-specialties of accounting research such as tax and archival tax, and financial and archival financial.

“Research may seem removed from teaching, but the reason it is important is because teachers need to be working on the cutting edge, developing state-of-the-art conceptual paradigms and methodologies that he or she then brings to the classroom,” said Dan Dhaliwal, head of the Department of Accounting and Lou Myers Professor of Accounting.

Dan Dhaliwal
Lou Myers Professor of
Accounting and
Accounting Department
head Dan Dhaliwal.

Dhaliwal is ranked first in the nation among authors contributing to accounting literature in the areas of tax and archival tax. He is ranked #2 for archival financial, and #6 for financial. The Accounting Department as a whole is ranked #10, behind institutions such as Stanford and Michigan State. The department ranks first in the nation in the tax and archival tax specialties, #4 in archival financial, and #10 in financial.

The work Dhaliwal and his colleagues conduct at the Eller College has bearing on the economic behavior of firms as well as policymakers. For example, in a series of papers, Dhaliwal and his co-authors assessed the actual effect that the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Act of 2003 had on firms’ capital investments and cost of equity, determining whether the Congressional act achieved its intended consequences.

In addition to the BYU research measurement, the Department of Accounting is ranked among the top 25 programs in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The annual ranking of undergraduate programs, which comes out each fall, is based upon a reputational survey the magazine administers to deans and associate deans of collegiate schools of business.

U.S. News and World Report also ranks graduate programs and specialties each spring. The Department of MIS was named #4 among public programs and #7 among all programs nationwide  in the March 15 issue.

“The U.S. News ranking is about academic programs, while the University of Arkansas ranking is strictly about research productivity,” explained Paulo Goes, department head and Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology. “The rankings are measuring different things, which I think speaks to what a well-rounded department we have. In addition to influential research and great teaching, we also have a lot of success with grant generation.”

Goes said that the department has an estimated $75 million in grant projects running concurrently at this time, from the iPlant Collaborative with the UA’s BIO5 Institute to the 14-university BORDERS consortium, which is at the forefront of technology development for border security.

“MIS research is very practical,” Goes said. “Not only can it be translated immediately into the classroom, it also has a significant impact on society.”

One recent project revolved around the detection of fake websites, which generate billions of dollars in fraudulent revenue at the expense of unsuspecting internet users. In another project, researchers developed a model for market segmentation designed to provide decision makers with enhanced flexibility currently missing in existing methods.   

Three of the co-authors on these two projects—Jay Nunamaker, Hsinchun Chen, and Sudha Ramare among a select group of scholars to score higher than 20 on the h-index, a scholarly formula developed to measure influence in academia. The score is determined by the number of papers that have been cited at least that many times. Ram, for example, has an h-index of over 20, meaning 20 of her papers have been cited 20 times or more by other researchers. Nunamaker and Chen have h-index scores over 50. They are two of only four researchers in MIS with scores that high, according to the most recent measurements by Google Scholar.

Learn more about faculty and research in the Department of MIS and Department of Accounting.

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