Questrom Dean, Faculty Recognized for “Research with Impact”

Pictured (Left to Right): Iain Cockburn, Chrysanthos “Chris” Dellarocas, Dean Susan Fournier, Caroline Flammer, Douglas “Tim” Hall

Dean Susan Fournier and Questrom School of Business faculty members Chrysanthos “Chris” Dellarocas, Iain Cockburn, Douglas “Tim” Hall, and Caroline Flammer were recently recognized as top performers in terms of research impact. In each instance this recognition defined impact in terms of how often their research works were cited by peers and fellow authorities.

Fournier, Dellarocas, Cockburn, and Hall were singled out in a published study conducted by Stanford University, which measured citations across a cross-section of peer-reviewed academic journals in the sciences. Through a rigorous review of all published content from more than 7 million science academics through the end of 2019, researchers identified those within the upper 2% of this criterion, indicating work of exceptional quality and relevance over their career. The four Questrom honorees join 350 members of the extended Boston University faculty recognized for their lifetime impact.

Flammer, a Dean’s Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation, was similarly praised by Web of Science in its closely-watched annual Highly Cited Researchers list. The analysis, which each year has ranked academics using an “editorially selective, publisher neutral, consistently structured” methodology since 1950, placed her within the top 100 researchers in Economics and Business over the last decade, also through the metric of peer citations. This puts Flammer in the top 1% of scholars across 21 different business sub-fields.

“Caroline’s placement in this elite category of researchers would be a feat for anyone, but to have it come at such a relatively early stage in her career is a sign of the talent and drive she brings to Questrom,” said Dean Fournier. “We are fortunate to have her with us leading our Social Impact MBA and contributing to the Susilo Institute, the school’s center of excellence for research relating to social impact broadly construed. We look forward to continued accolades for her work in the years to come.”

“This is a remarkable achievement for Susan, Chris, Iain, Tim, and Caroline,” said Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University. “Being recognized as among the most cited researchers speaks not only to the quality of work produced at Questrom but also its importance to the world of business overall.”

The recognition of Fournier, Dellarocas, Cockburn, Hall, and Flammer is an affirmation of the Questrom School of Business’ focus on “research with impact” and mission to integrate research with teaching and service to advance business practice and education. Recently, the school launched Insights@Questrom, a digital hub featuring research and thought leadership produced by faculty, administrators, and alumni that brings theory to life and applies it to contemporary challenges facing leaders in business and higher education.

“At Questrom, our priority is leveraging cutting-edge research to address real-world challenges,” said Marcel Rindisbacher, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty & Research. “To see so many Questrom experts’ work relied upon by the wider academic and business community is a welcome validation of our focus on solving practical problems and meeting global needs head-on.”

Faculty Spotlight

Susan Fournier

Susan Fournier
Allen Questrom Professor & Dean, Professor of Marketing

Numerous best article awards plus several broader distinctions for body of work, including:
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society of Consumer Psychology (2020)
Long-term Contribution Award in Consumer Research (2011)
Maynard Award for Most Significant Contribution to Marketing Theory and Thought (1999)

Expert in the application of marketing, psychology, anthropology, and finance, to business enterprises, with a focus on the creation of value through branding and consumer relationships.

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Iain Cockburn

Iain Cockburn
Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management, Strategy & Innovation

Expert on the economics of innovation, intellectual property, and productivity measurement applied within industries as varied as software, information technology, and biopharmaceuticals.

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Chris Dellarocas

Chris Dellarocas
Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Innovation,
Shipley Professor, Information Systems

Holder of numerous patents, recipient of two Best Paper Awards and NSF Career Award (1999)

Expert in online reputation management, social media, strategic use of digital technologies, and the promise of digital learning.

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Caroline Flammer
Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation

Numerous best paper awards including the Moskowitz Prize for Best Paper in Sustainable and Responsible Investing (2013, 2017)

Chair, United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Advisory Committee (2020)

Expert on the intersection of corporate governance, impact investing, and corporate social responsibility, as well as the implications of companies’ investments in sustainable practices.

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Tim Hall

Douglas “Tim” Hall
Professor Emeritus, Management & Organizations

Everett Cherrington Hughes Award for Lifetime Achievement in Careers Research, Academy of Management (2001)

Fellow, Academy of Management (1978) and American Psychological Association (1977)

Expert in career development and planning, career and family planning, executive succession planning, and leadership development in organizations.

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