The Quest for AACSB Accreditation: Must Finance Faculty Really Publish or Perish?


This article discusses the faculty research productivity standards of business schools accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Some schools are of sufficient stature that AACSB accreditation adds little to their reputations; however, for the majority of colleges of business wishing to be perceived as quality programs AACSB accreditation is an important factor. Copies of the AACSB accreditation self-study reports were solicited from schools that had been accredited and those that had been denied accreditation during the period from 1987 to 1989. This solicitation resulted in the receipt of self-studies from eight schools that had recently been accredited, along with the self-studies of four that had been turned down by the AACSB. All twelve schools offered business degrees at both the bachelors and the masters level. Keeping various limitations in mind, however, the results of the analysis present an interesting picture of the research activities of the finance faculty of newly-accredited schools and at those denied accreditation during the five years preceding accreditation.


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