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Perspective: Ranking of the World's Top Innovation Management Scholars and Universities


  • Pianpian Yang,

  • Lei Tao


This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Expression of Concern Volume 32, Issue 4, 655, Article first published online: 22 April 2015

  • Both authors contributed equally to this research.

Address correspondence to: Lei Tao, Marketing Department, Management School, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi 710049, China. E-mail: Tel: 86-29-8267-2193.


This paper extends Jeffrey Thieme's article “The World's Top Innovation Management Scholars and Their Social Capital,” published in 2007 in JPIM, in which he made a ranking of the world's top innovation managements scholars. This paper makes four contributions. First, this paper includes data on innovation management from articles published in two leading innovation management journals and eight top management and marketing journals during past 20 years (1991–2010). Second, this paper classifies 1229 articles into 29 categories, revealing hot topics and future research directions. Third, this paper ranks 1718 innovation management scholars over a period of 20 years from 1991 to 2010. Fourth, this is the first time that 625 universities have been ranked in terms of their current faculty research capabilities in the field of innovation management.

The empirical data from the past 20 years show that the world's top 10 innovation management scholars are: Michael Song (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Roger J. Calantone (Michigan State University), Erik Jan Hultink (Delft University of Technology), Mark E. Parry (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Kwaku Atuahene-Gima (China Europe International Business School), C. Anthony Di Benedetto (Temple University), Abbie Griffin (University of Utah), William E. Souder (Retired), Barry L. Bayus (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Christoph H. Loch (INSEAD).

The world's top 10 innovation management universities are: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, INSEAD, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, Stanford University, and Delft University of Technology.