Despite efforts by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement to impose an academic boycott on Israel, Israeli business schools continue publishing over 200 articles annually in leading international peer-reviewed journals.
A new study by the Faculty of Business Administration at the Ono Academic College examined several articles by business administration faculty members published in academic journals, based on the JCR.
In 2014, Ben-Gurion University had 49 articles published, Tel Aviv University had 42, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem had 38, the Ono Academic College had 21, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) had 14, Ariel University had 12 and Haifa University had 10 articles published—a total of 214.
In 2015, the year after Operation Protective Edge when BDS supporters increased their activities, Israeli academic institutions had 219 articles published internationally: Ben-Gurion University once again led with 52 articles, the Hebrew University had 36, Tel Aviv University had 34, Haifa University had 25, the Ono Academic College had 18, the Open University had 13, Ariel University had 12, the IDC had eight and Bar-Ilan University had eight as well.
In 2016, meanwhile, the number of published articles increased to 239. Ben-Gurion University's Business Administration Faculty members had 65 articles published in international journals, Tel Aviv University had 51, Haifa University had 27, the Hebrew University had 21, the Ono Academic College had 16, Ariel University and the Open University each had 13.
In 2017 there was a decline, though not a significant one, with 202 articles published. Ben-Gurion University had 53 articles published, Tel Aviv University had 40, Ariel University had 22, the Hebrew University had 20, the Ono Academic College had 19, the Ruppin Academic Center had 11 and Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University each had nine articles.
The study's authors stressed that many of the articles were the result of cooperation between Israeli academics and their counterparts in top universities around the world, particularly in the US, which indicates that attempts to encourage academic boycotts of Israel were mostly unsuccessful.
In addition, some Israeli universities have joint study programs with leading business administration faculties around the world. For example, Tel Aviv University has a joint program with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, which is ranked third in the US.