BusinessWeek’s Core B-School Team Out

It was Paskin who on Oct. 4 sent emails to business schools that conceded the calculation errors and their impact on the ranking of schools. The mistake led to some especially dramatic changes in the intellectual capital ranking given to some schools. Yale University’s School of Management, for example, zoomed up eight places to 9th from an inaccurate ranking of 17th. The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business plunged to 11th from fifth. Harvard Business School dropped 10 places to 19th from ninth. Rice University’s Jones School climbed to 21st from 27th. And Notre Dame moved up six places to 31st from 37th.

Revisions to the overall rankings, which also take into account more heavily weighted factors such as graduate satisfaction and corporate recruiter opinion, were less dramatic, usually involving a change of one or two places. According to Paskin, “miscalculations in intellectual capital ranks resulted in amended overall rankings for the following 10 American business schools: UC Berkeley (moved from #13 to #14); Columbia University (from #14 to #13); University of Minnesota (#33 to #35); University of Wisconsin, Madison (#34 to #33); Michigan State University (#35 to #36); Rice University (#36 to #34); Boston College (#47 to #48); University of Florida (#48 to #47); Howard University (#59 to #60); and The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (#60 to #59). Among the international programs, rankings changed for York University (#14 to #13) and Imperial College London (#13 to #14).”

The 53-year-old Lavelle, who does not have an MBA, took over as the magazine’s business schools editor in 2005, after a stint as BusinessWeek’s management editor. He is a hardcore journalist. Prior to BusinessWeek, Lavelle was a reporter at The Record in Hackensack, N.J. In 1998, he won the New Jersey Press Association’s Award for Business and Economic Writing. He also worked at The Tampa Tribune for nearly nine years, along with the The Daily Journal in Elizabeth, N.J., and The Journal-News in Nyack, N.Y.

Gloeckler joined BusinessWeek in 2005 after a two-year stint working as an editor and writer for Wal-Mart Stores’ monthly employee magazine. He immediately began project work on BusinessWeek’s Executive MBA and executive education rankings and also helped to devise the methodology for its undergraduate business school ranking. He graduated from the University of Missouri’s journalism program in 2002.


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