16 W. P. Carey professors named among top 2% worldwide

May 12, 2021

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2021 year in review.

Professors from Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business have earned the distinction of being among the top 2% of scientists worldwide as measured by the impact of their research publications. students and professors sit and walk around the exterior of the W. P. Carey School of Business building on ASU's Tempe campus Download Full Image

The 16 business school faculty were identified in a worldwide database of top scientists created by Stanford University and published in the journal Public Library of Science Biology. The study looks at 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields and ranks researchers for their career-long impact by the number of times their work is cited in other research.

“Our faculty are at the forefront of several key research areas in business. They’re among the best of our peers in terms of research productivity. The number of publications per faculty and number of citations place our researchers very competitively among our peers,” said Amy Ostrom, interim dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business and PetSmart Chair in Services Leadership. “These rankings are even more impressive for our faculty, given the overall rankings encompass disciplines such as medicine, where research is cited on average at an exponentially higher rate.”

Earning a place among the world’s top 2% of scientists ranked in their specific research subfields over their entire career through 2019 are the following 16 current and emeritus W. P. Carey faculty researchers, whose work at the business school continues to be widely cited:

  1. Blake Ashforth, Regents Professor of management and entrepreneurship and Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair.
  2. Marjorie Baldwin, professor of economics.
  3. Hendrik Bessembinder, professor of finance and Francis J. and Mary B. Labriola Endowed Chair in Competitive Business.
  4. Mary Jo Bitner, emeritus professor of marketing.
  5. Ruth Bolton, professor of marketing.
  6. Craig Carter, John G. and Barbara A. Bebbling Professor of Supply Chain Management.
  7. Trevis Certo, senior associate dean of faculty and Jerry and Mary Anne Chapman Professor of Business.
  8. Thomas Choi, professor of supply chain management.
  9. Robert Cialdini, Regents Professor Emeritus of psychology and marketing.
  10. Kevin Corley, professor of management and entrepreneurship.
  11. Luis Gomez-Mejia, Regents Professor of management and entrepreneurship.
  12. Michael Hanemann, professor of economics and Julie A. Wrigley Chair in Sustainability in the School of Sustainability.
  13. Amy Hillman, professor of management and entrepreneurship, former dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy and Charles J. Robel Dean’s Chair.
  14. Jeffery LePine, professor of management and entrepreneurship and PetSmart Chair in Leadership.
  15. Edward Prescott, Regents Professor of economics and winner of the 2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.
  16. David Waldman, professor of management and entrepreneurship.

Further, new research rankings also place W. P. Carey in the top tier. The Department of Management and Entrepreneurship was ranked No. 3 in research productivity over the past five years in the Texas A&M/University of Georgia Management Research Rankings, which were released in March. The school was also ranked No. 23 worldwide for research productivity in the most recent University of Texas at Dallas Business School Research Productivity Rankings, which came out in April.

Communications assistant, W. P. Carey School of Business

ASU athletes ready for careers in related fields taught at School of Community Resources and Development

May 12, 2021

Life after college looks different for every student athlete. Some may move on to the pros. Others will put their sports-playing days behind them as they graduate into unrelated careers.

But some student athletes competing in intercollegiate sports at Arizona State University are putting their athletic capabilities to work in closely related fields taught in programs offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. Ilze Hattingh, Sun Devil, crouches on the court while playing women's tennis Ilze Hattingh of the Sun Devil women's tennis team looks forward to teaching wheelchair tennis upon graduation. Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics. Download Full Image

These courses of study include community sports management, parks and recreation management, recreation therapy, nonprofit leadership and development, and tourism and recreation management. In each area, students learn about impacting communities through sport, recreation, tourism and nonprofits.

Here, the goal shifts to improving lives rather than scoring the most points. And, students quickly realize these degree programs can lead to satisfying full-time careers in rewarding, fun jobs that affirmatively answer the question, “I can get paid to do that?!”

School of Community Resources and Development Assistant Professor Eric Legg said student athletes who are majoring at the school are learning to apply their skills to develop youth sports programs, work in sports tourism or sports events, manage sports in parks or run sports-related nonprofits.

“We love having student athletes in our program because they understand the power of sport in individual lives and communities,” Legg said. “Sport intersects with so much of what we do in (the school).”

‘What is recreation?’

When senior varsity tennis player Ilze Hattingh first arrived at ASU from South Africa, she hadn’t yet given too much thought to her post-tennis plans or what courses would be best for her.

“I hadn’t looked into them. All I was here for was to play college tennis,” said Hattingh, a parks and recreation management major.

Hattingh said she came into her parks and recreation studies without knowing too much about the field.

“At first I didn’t know what it actually is,” Hattingh said. “What is recreation? It’s not a term we use back home. For some reason I decided to stick with it. It challenged me intellectually as well.”

But parks and recreation study fit well with her practice and match schedules. As she learned more, she came to see its possibilities for her after graduation, particularly in helping people with disabilities enjoy and excel in sports.

Hattingh said she worked with people who not only play wheelchair tennis, but are among the best in the world at it, while interning with the Phoenix-based organization Ability 360, which helps empower people with disabilities.

“It’s amazing how it all fell into place, getting into the chair myself and relating it to able-bodied tennis and the way I’m coaching,” she said. “I can take someone who has never played it in their life and teach them how to move in the chair, how to hit the ball.”

Hanna Schuler, ASU women's lacrosse team playing the sport on a field

Hanna Schuler of the Sun Devil women's lacrosse team is learning sports marketing and management. Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics.

Having played tennis for 17 years, Hattingh said she’ll be glad to be transitioning from competing herself to putting her energies into wheelchair tennis. She already has plans to return to South Africa to start working with people in that sport as well as wheelchair versions of other sports. Hattingh said she also is preparing to work with her brother, a rugby player who competes in Europe, to start a mobile gym that will include offering wheelchair rugby.

Hattingh said her ASU experience has given her confidence in a bright future for herself.

“I can’t even explain how excited I am for the future now. All these doors have opened,” she said. “I had been looking into a wall without knowing where to go. But now so many doors have opened for me, and now it’s a matter of which door shall open?”

‘It’s perfect for where I’d like to be’

Hanna Schuler, a senior majoring in community sports management, plays for ASU’s women’s lacrosse team. The Charlottesville, Virgina, resident started her freshman year as a marketing major, but as her time in those classes went on, she realized she couldn’t picture herself in a job that didn’t involve sports.

“I wanted to get into sports marketing, where the players are. I wanted to know what happens behind the scenes where I couldn’t see,” Schuler said. “So I found community sports management. It’s perfect for where I’d like to be.”

Schuler recently spent a day following the social media specialist for the lacrosse squad, and said she became hooked.

Tours of local sports facilities like the NBA Phoenix Suns arena and spring training stadiums highlighted her class experiences.

“They showed us how they are event operations managers, what they do and how they do it,” Schuler said. “I learned what goes into it, not just the fun glamorous part.”

Schuler said her current major is teaching her about business marketing, but as it pertains to sports. “It lets me learn the business side but still be in the major,” she said.

Schuler said the discipline of athletics has helped her be an organized learner.

“Between class, (weight) lifting, practice and homework, I learned to be very organized in college,” she said. “I have to be very interested in what I’m learning but be disciplined to get everything done.”

Emily Anderson, Sun Devil, playing beach volleyball

Emily Anderson of the Sun Devil beach volleyball team plans to work this summer as a microevent planner. Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics.

In the fall Schuler will be working for Sun Devil Athletics, helping with marketing for lacrosse and two other sports and working behind the scenes. “I’m really excited about that,” she said.

‘I love what athletics has brought me’

Emily Anderson said she sees a definite link between her nonprofit leadership management major and event planning minor and her playing for the Sun Devil beach volleyball team.

The senior from Las Vegas said she worked in program management with the Phoenix-based Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps provide memorable experiences for seriously ill children.

She will work as a microevent planner over the summer before heading on to pursue graduate studies in California.

“When I have the opportunity to plan events, I love what athletics has brought me. You learn to talk to people and find common ground,” Anderson said. “I took my work ethic from volleyball. I get to use my past experiences to help those who love volleyball as much as I do to get them where they want to be one day.”

Mark J. Scarp

Media Relations Officer, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions