Business Week rankings - 2006

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I can see that people are having a heated debate over arbitrary ratings by a magazine that could be biased.
My opinion is that a B-School's rank should be based on performace of its alumni and that is something that doesnt change everyday and is difficult to measure.
Even if the "rater" is impartial and efficient, still i dont understand how yearly ratings are useful or believeable. Really what about an institute like that can change in an year that should effect its ranking? (EXcept its relation with the magazine :wink:

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Are u kidding me Mr. kgkid?:)

I agree Stanford is a bigger name than Ross... Does that mean that no college has the right to displace Stanford from its top 3 position irrespective of the quality of their MBA program???
Does tht mean you'll accept only rankings which are forced to publish Harvard,Stanford and Wharton as the top 3 and take the rest of the US and rank them from 4-30???


It is my personal opinion from whatever i have known about Ross. Dont get emotional brother, i never took the "right" from anyone!
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Are u kidding me Mr. kgkid?:)

I agree Stanford is a bigger name than Ross... Does that mean that no college has the right to displace Stanford from its top 3 position irrespective of the quality of their MBA program???
Does tht mean you'll accept only rankings which are forced to publish Harvard,Stanford and Wharton as the top 3 and take the rest of the US and rank them from 4-30???

another reason why i call BW rankings as "Bachcho Wala" rankings.

Ross ahead of Stanford, MIT, Columbia, and Haas? w00w...wonder how many will drop these schools in favor of Ross.

Duke ahead of Columbia, another w00w.

anyways, rankings need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
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Most rankings have one ingrained flaw: being a list, they are a sequence ... 1 to 100 - A order which signies "1" is better than "2". The practical reality is that it is impossible to rank b-schools in a convincing manner as the scoring is very subjective. Most would associate Harvard, Standford and Wharton is the same league ... would it not be better if rankings club schools in groups of 1-5, 5-10, 10-15 and so on?

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quite rite..EIU has never been spoken / heard / talked about till recently ... EIU ( like FT ) looks from the global perspective & hence started getting some visibility.. whereas BW , USN are more us centric... ( who also kind of try to do international rankings .. but alas !!!).

I somehow fail to understand the methodology which these guys come up with.
with such weird rankings coming out and just to keep the debate alive... the question of the day
" Do you think the schools in some form try to influence the rankings ??? "

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my only gripe with people (those who think US = the world) in US schools who are upset when their school, ranked say 15 in US rankings, is ranked say 25 in a global ranking like FT...for some reason, they think the same US ranking should apply in FT as well; they conveniently forget that there are schools outside of US too !

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adi, as far as I know during my 8.5 years stay in US and now in Canada, EIU is not even talked about..BW, USN & FT (for those who actually have a global mindset) are the only rankings referred..don't even bother about EIU, WSJ or Forbes rankings..EIU might be more used in Europe for which I have no concrete info.

rankings do not reflect the true trait of the school or its reputation.. IESE , Chicago getting ahead of the rest does not really matter to the recruiter or a potential serious / congizant applicant. Except that rankings are a great tool that would help the IESE s of the world to market more prominently..

Like baccardisprite mentioned, the crowd ( majority ) in the top 15- 20 schools wd more or less demostrate the same levels of intellect / emotional / executional quotients, once in a job performance and personal characterstic become the key parameter to move up n then the school becomes marginalized.

i personally feel , Prospect will still to apply to INSEAD or LBS in more numbers than IESE ( same goes for US schools )

BW , EIU .. guess next wd be FT to throw some surprise / shock
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rankings do not reflect the true trait of the school or its reputation.. IESE , Chicago getting ahead of the rest does not really matter to the recruiter or a potential serious / congizant applicant. Except that rankings are a great tool that would help the IESE s of the world to market more prominently..

Like baccardisprite mentioned, the crowd ( majority ) in the top 15- 20 schools wd more or less demostrate the same levels of intellect / emotional / executional quotients, once in a job performance and personal characterstic become the key parameter to move up n then the school becomes marginalized.

i personally feel , Prospect will still to apply to INSEAD or LBS in more numbers than IESE ( same goes for US schools )

BW , EIU .. guess next wd be FT to throw some surprise / shock

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Rankings might matter beyond the Top 10-15. In the Top 10-15, the differences in the opportunities with the best recruiters are marginal at best. The advantage of being in a Top 10 school are the same across all those schools:

a) studying with people who have achieved as much as you have if not more
b) learning the core and elective courses from the best faculty
c) opportunity to meet, network & interview with the best companies in all industries
d) opportunity to access the biggest, geographically spread and professionally diverse alum network.

With the exception of a few immature idiots who'll never grow up, all alumni from these schools respect (if not genuinely admire) their counterparts from other schools in the same band. Beyond graduation, an H & S will win you no more than a gasp, perhaps a first interview or impress people in a party / bar. If you manage to under-perform after that, even H & S can't help you forward.

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Not only Stanford, H and W as well.
You must have heard of the term "Holy Trinity".

Well the kind of people applying to Stanford and those applying to Ross are quite different especially Stanford is an outlier compared to the rest of the top schools. Yes I would have gone to Stanford but that shouldn't stop other schools rising up in the rankings - thats my point.


I have alums from all the M7 (as per BW) in my company! even from Ross.


I would respectfully disagree with you on the BW comment - how can you generalize that its a mid-west bias ? I never heard of that perception before.
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