We use a quality-based approach to assess contributing institutions and authors in international business (IB) research. Specifically, we use Google Scholar citations of individual articles to weigh the number of IB research articles in core IB and other non-IB elite journals. Our approach mitigates concerns about the quality difference among articles across different journals and within individual journals. We find evidence to suggest that IB research in the European and Asia-Pacific regions exhibits an upward trend over the 1995-2011 period. With respect to institutional research quality, we document that an IB program with faculty members working with their peers in foreign countries and the presence of a doctoral program can enhance an institution's research quality. Prolific authors are very mobile and typically have global experience.
Bibliographical noteNianhang Xu acknowledges the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71172180), the Foundation for the Author of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of the People’s Republic of China (Grant No. 201085), and the Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation (141080).
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