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Research Productivity in Business Economics: An Investigation of Austrian, German and Swiss Universities


Address for correspondence: Oliver Fabel, Chair for International Personnel Management, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna, Brünner Str. 72, 1210 Wien, Austria. Tel.: +43 1 4277 38161; fax: +43 1 4277 38164; e-mail:


Abstract. We draw on a new and comprehensive dataset that collects the research output of business economists employed by Austrian, German and Swiss universities. We compute research rankings of departments and identify the leading departments in selected subdisciplines. Moreover, we investigate how institutional design and individual characteristics affect research productivity and draw some conclusions for the training of junior scientists.