The Financial Times Business Schools Rankings: What Quality is this Signal of Quality?

European Management Review, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 195-208

35 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2006 Last revised: 12 Nov 2015

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Timothy M. Devinney

University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Grahame Dowling

Australian Graduate School of Management

Nidthida Lin

School of Business, University of Western Sydney

Date Written: March 1, 2006

Abstract

Many business schools have been seduced into using the rankings produced by the Financial Times and other pollsters to reward their Deans and to promote their school to potential students, faculty and benefactors. This paper analyses the FT rankings and argues that Top 20 schools can benefit from anchoring their market position to their rank but the other schools should be wary of this approach.

Keywords: MBA Rankings, Financial Times, Statistical Artifacts

JEL Classification: M19, M31, I20

Suggested Citation

Devinney, Timothy M. and Dowling, Grahame and Lin, Nidthida, The Financial Times Business Schools Rankings: What Quality is this Signal of Quality? (March 1, 2006). European Management Review, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 195-208, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.889188

Timothy M. Devinney (Contact Author)

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Grahame Dowling

Australian Graduate School of Management ( email )

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Nidthida Lin

School of Business, University of Western Sydney ( email )

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Penrith, NSW 2751
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