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W. P. Carey School ranks among Top 25 for business research

March 25, 2011

When it comes to the fast-paced, ever-changing world of business, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University ranks high in providing research that makes a real difference. For the third year in a row, the school ranks among the Top 25 globally for business research productivity.

“We always strive to provide practical information for businesses to use in their daily work, to truly make an impact on society,” says W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “Top business schools are known, not only for disseminating existing business knowledge, but also for creating new knowledge. These consistent high rankings specifically for our business research productivity help confirm we are creating important new knowledge for organizations around the world to use.”

The new rankings come from an annual study by the University of Texas at Dallas. They are based on research contributions to top business journals from 2006 to 2010. The W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 21 in North America and No. 24 in the world. The W. P. Carey School is the only Arizona school in the Top 50.

“We have some of the best faculty members in the world teaching our students and conducting research that will influence their futures in the business arena,” explains W. P. Carey School Executive Dean Amy Hillman, who is also editor of the prestigious research journal Academy of Management Review. “This research allows us to teach cutting-edge ideas more quickly and with more depth because our faculty is often creating the new knowledge.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business has 11 well-known research centers, a research institute, a Nobel Prize winner, and many faculty members on the editorial boards of academic journals and publications. Research is a clear priority.

In the past year alone, the school has been involved in many research projects with real-world implications. These projects include: working with big-name companies to create labeling that will allow consumers to identify “green” electronics, teaching businesses how to better protect your personal information online, explaining how electronic medical records will affect your treatment at hospitals, detailing ways to help prevent workplace violence, showing why just the presence of a generic brand at your grocery store will save you money (even if you don’t buy it), identifying which states would benefit most from generating more solar energy, and tracking the home-foreclosure rate in the hard-hit Phoenix area.