Does The World Need Another B-School Ranking?


Rank & SchoolAdjusted Rank Index ScoreArticlesTotal Faculty
1. Pennsylvania (Wharton)27173.08321459
2. Duke (Fuqua)1125.72241137
3. Michigan (Ross)4120.72235212
4. New York (Stern)28119.51250331
5. Harvard Business School14115.62194244
6. Maryland (Smith)8114.62219216
7. Chicago (Booth)3113.98213188
8. Stanford2106.34195172
9. Columbia Business School2999.79209288
10. INSEAD2299.44187235
11. Texas-Austin (McCombs)2597.82201245
12. Southern California (Marshall)2196.33179227
13. Northwestern (Kellogg)3095.29184277
14. MIT (Sloan)NA88.45171NA
15. Penn State (Smeal)576.50153136
16. Texas-Dallas2474.99142186
17. Minnesota (Carlson)1674.53153163
18. Hong Kong Univ. of Science2373.90133180
19. California-L.A. (Anderson)1171.64140144
20. Illinois–Urbana-Champaign2062.88122147
21. London Business School1562.70133134
22. California-Berkeley (Haas)3861.92122220
23. British Columbia (Sauder)3258.08119175
24. Arizona State (Carey)4258.07122299
25. Washington Univ. (Olin)1257.73109121
26. Indiana (Kelley)3957.68117245
27. Michigan State (Broad)1756.64119128
28. North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)956.13123111
29. Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)1955.98114130
30. Florida (Warrington)NA54.39100NA
31.Texas A&M (Mays)3653.88116186
32. Emory (Goizueta)653.7810896
33. Ohio State (Fisher)3353.14123177
34. Cornell (Johnson)752.1111096
35. Toronto (Rotman)NA51.53101NA
36. Washington (Foster)3150.49110151
37. Georgia Institute of Tech1344.739594
38. Pittsburgh (Katz)2641.9583107
39. Yale School of Management1841.668195
40. South Carolina (Moore)4041.0278176
41. Tilburg University-NetherlandsNA40.34104NA
42. Erasmus (Rotterdam)4340.0580212
43. Wisconsin-MadisonNA38.9281NA
44. Dartmouth (Tuck)1038.277476
45. Boston College (Carroll)3237.0375243
46. Rice (Jones)3536.9870127
47. California-Irvine (Merage)3736.3371129
48. National Univ. of Singapore4136.2983177
49. Utah (Eccles)NA35.2874NA
50. Purdue (Krannert)3434.7569119

Source: UT-Dallas Research Ranking. Business schools reported total faculty data to BusinessWeek. Adjusted rank was derived by dividing a school’s index score by the size of its total faculty.


  • Pkbanerjee

     I agree with your comment John on the relevance issue. I also agree that pressure to publish or perish is forcing academics to produce a lot of inconsqeuential research. But what I do not agree with is your opinion that case studies are NOT research..just a collection of ideas and opinions. What gave you this notion? There are some excellent case studies that provide insights that no amount of survey research can provide. What else is hypotheses in social research but an idea? And why this discomfort with soft material? Management is about soft iossues more than concerete hard issues. So are you suggesting that management should discard soft issues?

  • John

    A very silly idea, consider the amount of bad research that is circulated out there. As an example, the number of papers that relate people’s opinions on the financial crisis was truly amazing. This study is meaningless without some sort of quality control function. Case studies are not research, they amount to little more than a collection of ideas and opinions. Research should be fact based, to much of the strategy “research” contains too much soft material.

    Why not look at which schools have produced the most Nobel prize winners, which schools can claim the most John Bates Clark Medals, or who has a Field medalist, or maybe made genuine contributions to the field in which they work. There exist a number of true academic prizes that are awarded in all fields, this would allow you to create a real quality adjustment. Academics are told to “publish or perish,” and as such there are a large number of academic journals who are only purchased by other academic institutions and recycled.

    If I were your professor or peer reviewer, I would toss your research out and tell you to comeback when you had something meaningful. I suggest you aspire to increase your fact to opinion ratio.

  • Guiseppe

    I disagree that BSchools may use this Dallas Ranking to see the academic impact of new hires and their academic supervisors. The Thomson ISI Web is already widely used for research assessment and factor in impact rating for top journals and citation.

    P&Q correctly points out at the distortion of some practical and less published disciplines such as entrepreneurship vs traditional subjects such as finance.

  • Louis

    This ranking looks stupid and insecure indeed.

  • Stacy Phillips

    How about rating rather than ranking?

  • Jane


    I believe there are a lot of articles on this site relating to low cost-high placement.

    Note that top b schools are expensive, but they put you out there in relation to career prospects and so on. At the end of the day, you need to figure out what you want for yourself careerwise and so on. Consider the region, classroom experience, faculty and so on.

  • Cristian Vasquez

    I love the article! However, I would suggest you guys to consider making a ranking that includes costs and average debt into the equation especially because of the huge debt burdens of B-School. Schools with lower overall cost yet high Placement rate and high academic standard should get a little more consideration in my opinion!