Publication Date

March 2006


Should knowledge-intensive organizations be led by experts? To explore this, the paper studies the case of the world s leading business schools. It asks the question: are top scholars leading the top schools? A statistically significant correlation is presented. The higher a business school is in a global ranking, the higher the number of life-time citations of the dean. The paper offers a theory to explain this. Interview evidence is also provided.


Suggested Citation
Goodall, Amanda H. (2006) Does it take an expert to lead experts? An empirical study of business school deans (CHERI Working Paper #89). Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.