Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 24: 47–64, 2005
2005 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. Manufactured in The Netherlands.
Ranking Research Productivity in Accounting
for Asia-Paciﬁc Universities
KAM C. CHAN
Department of Accounting and Finance, Gordon Ford College of Business, Western Kentucky University,
Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA, Tel.: (270) 745-2977, Fax: (270) 745-5284
CARL R. CHEN
Department of Economics and Finance, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH 45469-2251, USA, Tel.: (937) 229-2418,
Fax: (937) 229-2477
LOUIS T.W. CHENG
School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, Tel: (852) 2766-7140
Abstract. Using a set of 18 accounting journals and a sub-set of top ﬁve journals from 1991 to 2002, we
rank the research productivity in accounting for a total of 119 Asia-Paciﬁc universities. For the whole sampling
period, the top ﬁve universities are the University of New South Wales, Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology, Nanyang Technological University, the University of Sydney, and City University of Hong Kong. A
number of prominent universities with long school history are not ranked in the top 20. During the second half
of the sampling period, Hong Kong and Singaporean universities have shown the most improvement while some
Australian universities have exhibited decline in research output. Also, Hong Kong University of Science and
Technology replaces University of New South Wales as the ﬁrst-ranked university in the period of 1997–2002.
When compared with other North American universities, the accounting productivity of the top 20 Asia-Paciﬁc
institutions is comparable with that of leading universities in North America. The comparison is even more
favorable to the Asia-Paciﬁc universities during the period of 1997–2002.
Keywords: research, accounting, ranking of Asia-Paciﬁc universities
JEL Classiﬁcation: G00, Z00
Examining the research productivity of an academic program has always been of substantial
interest among the academic community. In general, ranking of research productivity pro-
vides information on the quality and reputation of an academic program, which are in turn
considered as one of the important factors for students in deciding on which universities
to attend. In addition, the research output of an academic institution serves as an important
guideline in making employment decisions as well as for the university to determine faculty
compensation and institutional resources allocation.