Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Kellogg | Mr. Marketing Maven
GRE 325, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Vroom Vroom
GMAT 760, GPA 2.88
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3

The Dark Side Of MBA Rankings

Former Dean Teng-Kee Tan was in charge when the allegations occurred

Former Dean Teng-Kee Tan was in charge when the allegations occurred

Yet, the authors of the paper had been at Bloch for a year, having been invited by then Dean Teng-Kee Tan and professor Michael Song. The authors had been at the same Chinese university where Song had been a part-time professor the previous four years, and at UMKC, the three shared the same office number, according to The Star. No less crucial, to get the business school it’s number one ranking, the authors had to use an unusual methodology of counting citations in scholarly articles that has led some critics to charge that the paper is “fatally flawed.”


“They named themselves the No. 1 in innovation technology,” former Ph.D. candidate Xian Cao told The Star, “but I don’t really believe it.”

A professor who feared that speaking out would harm his career said he and his colleagues were skeptical even as the study’s results were announced. “We all knew that this was bullshit,” he told the newspaper. “We knew that UMKC was not better than MIT and Stanford.”

Another professor, Richard Arend, demanded an investigation. “Despite assurances to the contrary from UMKC and the journal’s editors, he remains convinced that the study was contrived, with help from people within the university, to deliver UMKC its top standing,” the newspaper reported.


“Science is about investigating strange outcomes,” Arend told The Star. “For example, when UMKC is ranked above more-established, better-funded, private institutions like Stanford, MIT and Harvard in an area of knowledge that they are world renowned for, there are questions.”

For its part, the university strongly defends itself against the accusations. UMKC denies it “engaged in ‘a pattern of exaggerations’ or took ‘short cuts’ on a path to achieving national and global recognition and rankings.” In a written statement provided to the newspaper, the school called Arend’s suspicions groundless and dismissed him as “a disgruntled Bloch School faculty member whom Michael Song declined to recommend for promotion.”


Yet, other professors also voiced concern.  H. Dennis Park, who left the school for Drexel University in Philadelphia, said he quit UMKC partly because of what he thought were inflated rankings. “I was a little concerned. ‘What if these things got out?’” he told the newspaper. “It is sort of like these people who were working for Enron before the disaster happened.”

Dean Tan stepped down as dean last year after a four-year stint for health reasons. Associate Dean David Donnelly was named acting dean of the Bloch School. Song denied that he inflated the accomplishments of the entrepreneurship program he founded at UMKC, and he dismissed as “nonsense” allegations that the JPIM paper was rigged to deliver UMKC the top world ranking, and he said he couldn’t recall what if any role he had in its publication.

“Did I see a version of their paper? I don’t really remember,” he told The Star.

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.