MBA Rankings: A survey of the rankers
January 25, 2013
An interesting MBA-centric website operated out of Germany just popped up on my radar: www.mba-compass.com. It’s a cool site and is more globally bent than most. A post that people reading this blog might find particularly noteworthy is a survey of the top five MBA program ranking agencies and how they derive their annual lists. The agencies include: Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week,The Economist,U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.
As we all know, where you get your information matters and this write-up provides us with a unique perspective on how some highly respected information resources compile, aggregate and interpret data in order to provide you with a ranked list of the world’s MBA programs. Usually, the different lists are quite similar—numbers do not necessarily always line up exactly, but their relative positions are not too far off. Even still, and especially when a school’s ranking is notably different from list to list, it is hard not to wonder why there are discrepancies and what is behind them.
Further, each aspirant MBA has differing reasons for pursuing the degree and evaluates potential institutions through their own unique lens. It only makes sense, then, to align oneself with an information resource that best reflects what is important to that individual. Additionally, tapping disparate resources can illuminate facets of an issue perhaps not yet considered. Hence, the value of this distinctive exposé by MBA Compass is derived.
Which is your go-to list of b-school rankings? Does this survey of the rankers uncover any surprises or might it change your top list? Perhaps even your top school? Let us know!