Business school rankings: Content and context

Kai Peters

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Purpose - This paper sets out to examine the affect of rankings on business schools from the perspective of a business school director. Design/methodology/approach - The paper critiques the methodologies of ranking systems, their statistical validity, the factors used, and the weightings given to them. Findings - Rankings are significant drivers of a school's reputation. Good performance can double inquiries and applications and allow schools to charge prestige premiums. Financial Times top decile MBA programmes charge, on average, just below $80,000 for an MBA. Bottom decile schools charge only $37,000. Originality/value - This paper finds that it is impossible to challenge the criteria set out by a variety of rankings organisations and it is ill-advised to boycott rankings. Schools are advised to consider which criteria reflect areas needing improvement and to continue "playing the game".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Management Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Business schools
  • Measurement characteristics
  • Performance measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • History


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