The Competitive (Dis)Advantages of European Business Schools

Long Range Planning, Vol. 40, pp. 382-404, 2007

23 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2008 Last revised: 4 Dec 2008

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Don Antunes

University of Cambridge-Faculty of Education

Howard Thomas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 6, 2008

Abstract

Although the US business school model has come to dominate the business school landscape, European schools have developed their own identities, styles and approaches to management education. In particular, they focus on reflective, integrative and actionbased learning, public sector management and public policy issues and offer a greater sensitivity to international relations. This paper explains the evolution of business schools on both sides of the Atlantic and using evidence from rankings published annually by the Financial Times, addresses the key features of European business schools. It then maps the competitive characteristics and the relative strengths and advantages of European schools over their US counterparts.

Keywords: business schools competitive strategy, Financial Times rankings, Europe and the USA

JEL Classification: I21,L80, M10, N80

Suggested Citation

Antunes, Don and Thomas, Howard, The Competitive (Dis)Advantages of European Business Schools (October 6, 2008). Long Range Planning, Vol. 40, pp. 382-404, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1279688

Don Antunes (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge-Faculty of Education ( email )

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Howard Thomas

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