IMPACT: THE FORCE EXERTED BY A NEW IDEA

Research does not occur in a vacuum. At the Fox School of Business, researchers take in the world around them, look for unsolved problems or unanswered questions in our environment, and discover new solutions and insights into the world of business.Our research has far-reaching effects—from advancing academic literature to changing business industries—that demonstrate the high caliber of research produced at the Fox School. We measure our impact in various forms, including grants, citations, publications, and paper downloads.Yet research impact goes beyond what we can count—it transforms the world in which we live. Between 2015 and 2017, the Fox School faculty members have published 185 articles in 78 high caliber scholarly journals. Our work was cited by more than 16,000 papers on Web of Science and was downloaded over 117,000 times through the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). To top it off, the school received 32 grant awards totaling nearly $4.5 million for research pursuits—and we are just getting started.

A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE

Our reputation as a research institution is growing. The Fox School received nearly $4.5 million in federal and private grants between 2015 and 2017—a sign of the community’s strong belief in our research expertise. With these grants, we are exploring the space between atoms in the brain, discovering the neurological impact of print media, and determining what makes consumers choose environmentally friendly products.
In 2015, the National Science Foundation awarded nearly $1 million to an interdisciplinary team at Temple University led by the Fox School to study Big Data—massive amounts of digital trace data. Researchers study these enormous, unstructured data sets, collected from platforms such as Twitter and Github, to develop a framework for understanding and predicting how people and technology interact.
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PIONEERING NEW IDEAS IN BUSINESS

The Fox School has high standards for research. Of the 185 articles published in high caliber journals in the last three years, 50 percent were in journals graded as an “A” by the school’s Journal Vetting Committee. For a full list of journals, visit our webpage.
In 2015, the National Science Foundation awarded nearly $1 million to an interdisciplinary team at Temple University led by the Fox School to study Big Data—massive amounts of digital trace data. Researchers study these enormous, unstructured data sets, collected from platforms such as Twitter and Github, to develop a framework for understanding and predicting how people and technology interact.

PUSHING BOUNDARIES OF ACADEMIA

Knowledge should not sit collecting dust on a shelf. We believe that research should create linkages and generate new ideas. By measuring citations, we can understand how our research can spread knowledge and generate new questions. In the last three years, Fox researchers produced four papers considered “highly cited” by Web of Science, a database of citations from across disciplines. This honor is given to less than one percent of papers in a field.
Nathan Fong and Xueming Luo, professors of Marketing, have made a significant impact in the field of marketing with their research on competitive geo-conquesting—the method of companies targeting potential customers near a competitor’s business by sending them coupons or information. Web of Science placed their study into the top one percent of papers in the field of Economics and Business, based on its 32 citations since October 2015.

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF INDUSTRY

Research needs to be read in order to have transformative affects. While citations demonstrate the long-term impact of the work—it can take years for research to be read, digested, and incorporated into future studies—downloads provide a window into its immediate usage.
In 2017, the Fox School was ranked #22 out of all business schools in the United States in research paper downloads, according to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). One frequently downloaded paper by Min-Seok Pang and Paul A. Pavlou, professors at the Fox School, focused on the societal implications of arming police officers with intelligence technologies, like smartphones and body cameras, as a means to reduce lethal violence against civilians.

IMPACT AROUND THE WORLD

It’s a big world out there. From Asia to Africa, our research has impact around the globe. Research papers produced by the Fox School are downloaded frequently in the eastern United States, West and Central Europe, and East Asia and India. With this global reach, it’s clear that our insights are valued around the world.
Papers from Fox School faculty and students have been downloaded in over 109 countries, according to SSRN.

DRIVING REAL IMPACT

For more than a century, the Fox School has been a leader in producing thinkers, doers, and trailblazers.Research relies on rigor, but impact depends on relevance. To advance the school’s goal of producing research insights that address real-world problems, the Fox School launched the Translational Research Center in 2018, which facilitates impact by connecting business scholarship to industry and society.Building upon our reputation as a premier research institution, the Translational Research Center serves as a platform to support faculty and students in asking the right questions and understanding their audiences. By linking academia with business leaders and policymakers, the Fox School continues to strengthen the reach and effectiveness of our research.The Fox School of Business was founded in 1918—and we’ve been rising and redefining since day one. We’re steeped in tradition, but we defy convention. For 100 years, we’ve prepared generations of pioneering researchers, daring entrepreneurs, tough executives, creative professionals, and thought leaders to make big impacts on the real world.
The Office of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives operates to enhance the reputation and impact of the Fox School of Business as a global leader in research, doctoral education, industry outreach, and community engagement. All data is accurate as of February 16, 2018.