FSB accountancy climbs again in latest BYU research rankings

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The Farmer School of Business’ Department of Accountancy continues to climb the university rankings for their ongoing research efforts.

The latest BYU Accounting Research rankings place the FSB accountancy program at #1 in experimental accounting information systems research, #3 in experimental audit, #5 experimental tax, #9 in experimental managerial, #11 in experimental financial, and #6 in experimental research across all topics. The ranking looks at the previous six years of journal citations and publications.

"It is amazing for Miami to be either at, or towards the very top of the research rankings across multiple categories, particularly considering that, with only a few exceptions, the other universities at the top of these rankings have doctoral programs along with lower teaching loads,” Department of Accountancy chair Andrew Reffett said. “Our faculty continue to be highly productive researchers while also providing an outstanding educational experience to our students. Thus, these rankings are a testament to our faculty's talent, passion and dedication." 

The FSB program ranks 27th in U.S. and international universities among all research topics.

“I credit Miami’s ascent in the rankings to its commitment to the teacher-scholar model and its openness to innovative research topics and methodologies,” professor Anne Farrell said. “I’ve had the freedom to explore novel research ideas that are relevant to not just accounting but also to finance, economics, and even neuroscience. The university, the Farmer School, and the Department of Accountancy have supported my investment every step of the way.”

Professor James Zhang, who does experimental accounting information systems research, said that support has been crucial to his own research as well. “In the COVID era, we have to go to online platforms to hire online participants for experimental research, and the hurdle is the cost of getting those participants,” he said. “Even though I’m a junior faculty member, the department has been really generous to me in funding that aspect of my research.”

“Due to most of us having broad research interests, our faculty is one of the most collaborative accounting departments in the world. Whereas many accounting scholars primarily work with co-authors at other universities, Miami faculty work primarily with each other,” professor Jonathan Grenier explained. “This high degree of collaboration is very beneficial in terms of idea generation and keeping research moving forward in the publication process.”

“I was thrilled to see Miami University’s overall research productivity ranking, and am personally honored to be included amongst prominent scholars in my field from top universities around the world,” Farrell said.