Hanken attracts top international professors and doctors

Hanken attracts top international professors and doctors

A new study indicates that Hanken attracts top international professors and non-Hanken-doctors, who have top research productivity.

The highest-circulation newspaper in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, reported on April 22nd about a new study that identifies and ranks top 10 professors in different scientific fields in terms of their research productivity, from among professors employed by universities in Finland.

In the new study, the following Hanken professors appear in top 10 of their respective fields:

Ari Hyytinen, Economics
Bo-Christer Björk, Business Economics (Information systems)
David Grant, Business Economics (Industrial economics/logistics)
Janne Tienari, Management
Joakim Vincent, Management

All the above top-ranking professors are either international or have a doctor’s degree from somewhere else than Hanken. On the lists of all top10 professors reported in the study (as employed by all universities in Finland), Grant and Vincent are the only non-Finnish professors on the lists for Economics, Business Economics, and Management. This indicates that Hanken provides an attractive research environment for top international professors as well as for top scholars who have received their PhD from elsewhere than Hanken.

The ranking is based on so called h index of research productivity, which indicates the number X of such publications of the professor, which have been cited at least an equal amount of X times by other scholars/publications worldwide. In other words, if a professor has 50 publications, and 30 of them have been cited at least 30 times each (while the rest of the publications have been cited fewer than 30 times each), the professor’s h index becomes 30.

Disclaimer. It should be noted that there are significant limitations to using the h index in ranking professors. Firstly, the h index does not take into account the quality level of the publication outlets/journals in which the scholar has published. Secondly, the h index favors senior professors with longer careers over less senior professors and professors who have had career breaks, because the publications of more senior professors have “had more time” to accumulate more citations over years.