The ranking appears in the “International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management” and covers the 2008 to 2010 timeframe.
UT’s previous ranking for research productivity — published between 2005 and 2007 — was fourth. Data has been collected since 1967.
The ranking, which evaluates research published in the area’s six leading journals, is formulated from a system that awards points to institutions based on the research productivity of its faculty. The researchers used a point system that awarded institutions one point for an article with one author, 0.5 points for an article with two authors, 0.33 points for articles with three authors, and so forth.
Of the 27 premier institutions evaluated worldwide, only UT holds a top-10 ranking in five of the six journals.
“The ranking illustrates that the UT faculty and students are unsurpassed as the world’s most productive supply chain management and logistics researchers,” said Ted Stank, Bruce Chair of Excellence in UT’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. “Getting published in a premier journal is a difficult and demanding process. That makes this ranking even more prestigious to receive and an honor to be recognized.”
Schools from the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden and Germany were represented on the list.