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Follow the leaders? An analysis of convergence and innovation of faculty recruiting practices in US business schools

Finch, D., Deephouse, D., O'Reilly, N., Massie, T. and Hillenbrand, C. ORCID: (2016) Follow the leaders? An analysis of convergence and innovation of faculty recruiting practices in US business schools. Higher Education, 71 (5). pp. 699-717. ISSN 0018-1560

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10734-015-9931-5


The debate associated with the qualifications of business school faculty has raged since the 1959 release of the Gordon–Howell and Pierson reports, which encouraged business schools in the USA to enhance their legitimacy by increasing their faculties’ doctoral qualifications and scholarly rigor. Today, the legitimacy of specific faculty qualifications remains one of the most discussed topics in management education, attracting the interest of administrators, faculty, and accreditation agencies. Based on new institutional theory and the institutional logics perspective, this paper examines convergence and innovation in business schools through an analysis of faculty hiring criteria. The qualifications examined are academic degree, scholarly publications, teaching experience, and professional experience. Three groups of schools are examined based on type of university, position within a media ranking system, and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Data are gathered using a content analysis of 441 faculty postings from business schools based in the USA over two time periods. Contrary to claims of global convergence, we find most qualifications still vary by group, even in the mature US market. Moreover, innovative hiring is more likely to be found in non-elite schools.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:41469
Publisher:Springer Netherlands

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