Panel Talks About New Ways to Measure Scholarly Impact



The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recently held their International Conference & Annual Meeting (ICAM). Plum Analytics co-founder, Mike Buschman, was invited to be a panelist on a panel titled, “Enabling Impactful Scholarly Research” with Eric Bradlow, Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Doctoral Programs, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Gregory J. Gordon, President, Social Science Research Network. The panel was moderated by Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AACSB International.

According to LeClair, this was one of the most popular sessions at the conference. LeClair summarized the session. One of the things he said in his summary:

As research outputs take on new forms, including pure-online journals, recorded virtual conferences, and software code, and as people begin to use research in different ways, technology has been enabling us to measure usage, influence, and impact accordingly. With help from new companies, we are finding ways, for example, to track book utilization by chapter, document when a piece of software is used or built on, and register each time an article appears in a doctoral seminar reading list. These alternative metrics will help business schools to demonstrate that their research makes a difference by providing a richer set of tools beyond citation analysis, and to look beyond the current view that refereed journal publications are the ultimate “end game.”

To read LeClair’s entire summary go here.