Enriching Our Understanding of Health Care Management Journals: A Career Value and Cognitive Mapping Approach

Academic Article


  • Journals in the field of health care management embody the place where scholarly and professional knowledge resides. Stakeholders including academicians, universities, and publishers harbor an interest in journal evaluations such as ratings and rankings in order to make sense of these journals. Although indicators such as acceptance rates and impact factors enjoy wide consensus validity and use as evaluative measures of journal prestige, they do not provide insights into journal focus, substantive orientation, or targeted audience. An alternative cognitive mapping approach to ascertain how health care management academicians organize perceptions of journals in their field was first introduced by Shewchuk et al. (2006). An update to that study is presented with the development of a contemporary cognitive map of health care-oriented journals. In addition, a new assessment criterion, Career value to an author by publishing in a journal, is introduced. A card-sorting activity and survey was administered to participants associated with academic programs in health care management. The data obtained were analyzed by means of multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analyses, resulting in a two-dimensional, nine cluster map portraying the perceived relationship among journals. Nine clusters of perceptually related journals were ordered according to perceived career value attributed to journals comprising a cluster. The presented map and clusters offer a complementary framework for comprehending how journals are understood by health care management scholars.
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  • Journal Rankings, Journal Career Value, Health Care Management Journals
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    Author List

  • O'Connor SJ; Qu H; Williams E; Borkowski NM; Shewchuk R
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 23
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2