University of Southern California

Marshall Ranked 10th in the World in Research Rankings
Faculty Earns Highest Ranking on West Coast
March 10, 2014 • by News at Marshall

Creating knowledge through research, in addition to educating the business leaders of today and tomorrow, has always been central to the mission of USC Marshall. As new rankings from UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management make clear, this focus on creating tangible impact continues to produce measurable results.

The latest UT Dallas survey lists Marshall as the number 10-business school worldwide based on faculty research contributions, making it the survey’s highest ranked West Coast school, above Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.

The rankings track publications in 24 prominent business journals since 2009.

James Ellis, dean of USC Marshall, credits a university environment that nurtures professional growth and prizes intellectual inquiry. “At Marshall, our faculty leverage unparalleled opportunities to advance their scholarship and pursue success as part of a great research university,” he says. “I am tremendously proud of the work our faculty are doing and the recognition they have earned.”

According to Gareth James, the school’s vice dean for faculty and academic affairs and professor of data sciences and operations, the findings should come as no surprise to anyone keeping close tabs on Marshall’s development. “Both the quality and the volume of faculty research coming out of Marshall have been rising steadily for a number of years – an increase we have worked hard to achieve,” he says.

In 2008, Ellis launched the Thought Leadership Initiative, signaling a major commitment to cultivating and increasing world-class faculty and path-breaking research. Together with Professor John Matsusaka, the school’s Charles F. Sexton Chair in American Enterprise and past vice dean for faculty and academic affairs, Ellis put Marshall on the map as “a premier destination for top faculty talent and innovative research that is redefining business,” says James.

Marshall’s overall rise in the rankings is also reflected in specific subject areas, from accounting and management to marketing and finance. “Marshall's increasing stature in the research community, together with its innovative and highly ranked educational programs, are two primary factors driving the school's growing international prominence,” says Matsusaka.

Vice Dean James is quick to caution that the UT Dallas results – like all rankings – are imperfect. “This is just one measure of how we’re doing,” he says. Yet, the numbers provide a window into Marshall’s drive for distinction, not only in academic research, but also in teaching, mentoring, career advising and more. As James puts it, “The bottom line is that we are dedicated to fostering excellence in every endeavor.”


About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.