MBA News Roundup: Business school rankings rotten * MBAs flock to small business

Posted on January 24, 2011

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Happy Monday, MBAs!

In today’s MBAsocial news headlines:

  • Business school rankings are rotten;
  • smaller businesses hiring MBAs;
  • Chinese newspaper links MIT Sloan increase in applications to school’s relationship to…China.

A paper/website of we’ve never heard of says rankings aren’t the best way to choose your business school, arguing that methodologies are flawed and results can be rigged. They say, for one thing, that all of the major rankings use biased data from surveys given to students and alumni of the school itself about the quality of their education. True, but who wants to go to a school that isn’t ranked? Not us. [City A.M]

The Independent, a newspaper in the U.K., says that MBAs are flocking to small- and medium-sized businesses but that, “Some smaller businesses still shy away from hiring MBAs, because of the common perception that their faith in themselves can sometimes exceed their abilities…” Wha? Overconfident MBAs claiming they can do things they’ve never done before? We’ve never heard of such a thing. [The Independent]

The English-language version of People’s Daily, a Chinese newspaper, reports that top American business schools are increasingly starting affiliate programs at Asian universities as part of their strategy for growth. Were not certain, but the last sentence of the article may or may not imply that expanding to China has increased MIT Sloan’s application pool faster than any other competitor school. Verrrry INTeresting. [People’s Online Daily]