Jan. 21, 2020

Haskayne researcher included in 2019 list of highly cited researchers from across the globe

Jess Chua acknowledged for his research in family business and entrepreneurship over the past decade
Jess Chua

Jess Chua has made the list of highly cited researchers in the world for the past 10 years.

Haskayne School of Business

As we enter a new decade, many are reflecting on what has happened in the past 10 years. Dr. Jess Chua, PhD, professor emeritus of finance and family business governance in the Haskayne School of Business, can add another accomplishment as he starts 2020. He has made the list of highly cited researchers in the world for the past 10 years (2008-2018) in the category of Economics and Business.

The list, produced by the Web of Science Group, identifies natural and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top one per cent by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers. This year, the list includes 6,217 Highly Cited Researchers in various fields from nearly 60 nations. In Canada, 183 researchers made the list.

“We are so proud of Jess’s work and the difference he is making in his field. We extend congratulations on this great accomplishment,” says Dr. Yrjo Koskinen, associate dean research and professor of finance at the Haskayne School of Business. “To have a Haskayne professor recognized as a most-cited researcher is a great honour — only four Canada-based researchers made the list in business and economics. We are continuing to create an environment at our business school where our team contributes to knowledge that influences the practice of management. “

Chua began studying family business and entrepreneurship in the 1990s. His research has helped to establish how and why family firms, the most ubiquitous form of business organizations, are different than firms without family involvement in goals, resources and governance styles. According to Google Scholar, citations of Chua’s work have been increasing, reaching over 2,000 times per year in the past four years.

“Business scholars ignored family firms during the mid-20th century because they believed that family firms would disappear and be replaced by the publicly held corporations. This has clearly not happened,” says Chua. “My interest in understanding family firms extends beyond intellectual curiosity. I believe that our democracies need successful family firms because people with financial independence are more likely to feel secure in publicly expressing their opinions about our society.”

He also won the 2018 Greif Research Impact Award for the most impactful entrepreneurship articles since publication five years ago. This paper examined why firms pursue family-centred non-economic goals.