Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
INSEAD | Mr. Behavioral Changes
GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Texas Recruiter
GMAT 770, GPA 3.04
USC Marshall | Mr. Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
HEC Paris | Mr. Introverted Dancer
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Navy Vet
GRE 310, GPA 2.6
Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
Yale | Mr. Gay Social Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 2.75 undergrad, 3.8 in MS
Wharton | Mr. MBA When Ready
GMAT 700 (expected), GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Low Undergrad GPA
GMAT 760, GPA 65/100 (1.0)
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
GMAT 710, GPA 5.3
MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

10 Biggest Takeaways In The Financial Times 2019 MBA Ranking

7. Research Remains An American Domain

Why does research even matter? Isn’t teaching and networking what it’s all about? Doesn’t research just end up in some dusty old journal?

You’ll hear that from time-to-time, usually from someone who doesn’t understand the critical precision and gritty imagination needed to bring new insights to the market. Fact is, research and expertise produce cutting edge insights and best practices – the kind of value-adds that make the classroom experience all the more rich and memorable.

When it comes to research prowess, American business schools are blessed with deep pockets – and even deeper industry relationships. That makes them perfectly equipped to help researchers flourish. That’s exactly what they do in the graduate business space.

How dominant are American schools in research? In the Financial Times ranking, American schools represented 39 of the 50 highest research scores (which are based on the number of articles published in 50 leading journals by full-time faculty from 2015-2017). Sure enough, the ‘Big Three’ – Wharton, Stanford, and Harvard – lead the pack. MIT Sloan and Chicago Booth round out the Top 5 as well.

That’s not to say there aren’t outliers in research, which is deemed so important to the Financial Times that it accounts for 10% of a rank’s weight (the third-highest of any criterion). The University of Washington, for example, punched above ‘name’ brands like NYU Stern, Northwestern Kellogg, and Berkeley Haas. Similarly, boutique beauties like Washington Olin and Texas-Dallas also managed to outperform state juggernauts like Texas McCombs and Michigan Ross in research.

In fact, international schools are often reduced to the proverbial underdogs in this category. The London Business School notched the highest score for research but managed to finish just 10th. INSEAD ranked 20th, with a score that tied it with Indiana Kelley, Minnesota Carlson, and Boston College Carroll. Even a household name like the University of Oxford finished behind football schools like Ohio State, Florida, and Texas A&M.

Why is this important? For international programs to take the next step in the FT rankings, they’ll need to compete with American business schools on their terms. That means raising research output and quality. Considering the high cost of competing here, the price and commitment may be higher than many schools can bear.

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.