League tables and rankings sell newspapers, and as a result
business school rankings tend to be media-driven. Publications that
currently produce rankings include The Economist, Financial Times,
Bloomberg Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Schools that
are regularly featured tend to be of a certain standard, but the
Association of MBAs has serious concerns and debates the validity
of these tables.
The methodology and criteria used to rank schools varies widely
from publication to publication, and the differences and
discrepancies between the tables often cause confusion.
There is no 'number one business school' but there will be a
school that works for you and your needs. The best course of action
is to look for independent and impartial MBA programme
accreditation as a true mark of quality and talk directly to the
school and its alumni about their experiences and achievements.
Further reading on rankings: