Winning the tournament for named professorships in management

Luis Gomez-Mejia, Len J. Trevino, Franklin G. Mixon

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We apply tournament theory to explain the process within which selection of named professorships takes place and a procedural justice test to justify winning the named professorship tournament. Specifically, we estimate the probability that management professors hold one of the highest rewards for academic research productivity, a named professorship, as a function of his or her research credentials, as measured by the numberofarticles published ina small core of elite management journals. Alphabetically, these are Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. Although each of the eight journals is positively related to the probability of attaining a named professorship, the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Journal emerge as the two most influential management journals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1843-1863
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Elite management journals
  • Named professorships
  • Procedural justice
  • Tournament theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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