Report Salutes Two Professors
as Influential Management Scholars


Gregory Dess (left) and Mike Peng

A soon-to-be published study of scholarly impact in the field of management ranks two Naveen Jindal School of Management professors among the most influential authorities in their fields.

Dr. Gregory Dess and Dr. Mike Peng keep company with the most highly cited management scholars of the past three decades, according to the paper, slated to appear in the journal Academy of Management Perspectives.

Dr. Dess holds the Andrew R. Cecil Endowed Chair in Applied Ethics, and Dr. Peng, the Jindal Chair of Global Strategy.

The journal named Dr. Dess, an internationally recognized business strategy expert and coordinator of the Jindal School’s Organizations, Strategy and International Management area, as the 20th-most-influential scholar in the world.

The rankings emphasized two criteria: the number of scholarly journal citations, regarded as a key measure of academic impact; and the number of Web references indexed by the Google search engine, used to gauge impact outside academic circles.

“The academy combined both the academic citations and the Google pages to come up with each scholar’s number,” Dr. Dess said.

Dr. Dess’ most highly cited publication is an article that earned him and his co-author a Foundational Award in 2009 from the Academy of Management. The article, “Clarifying the Entrepreneurial Orientation Construct and Linking it to Performance,” has been cited on Google Scholar nearly 2,800 times since its publication in 1996.

An expert on international strategic management who earned his PhD in 1996, Dr. Peng ranked No. 4 on the list of most influential management scholars who have received their degrees since 1991.

Dr. Peng is one of the most prolific scholars in global strategy. The United Nations and the World Bank have cited his work, and he has published more than 90 articles in academic journals and written five books.

Dr. Peng said his textbooks, used by undergraduates and MBA students in 30 countries, as well as external speaking engagements, contributed to the high non-academic ranking of his work.