P&Q’s Must Reads: Harvard Business School Dean Srikant Datar Comes Under Attack From Seven Tenured Profs

Hello everyone  — Welcome back to Poets&Quants’ Must Reads, a quick, digestible recap of the top business school news, sponsored by CentreCourt, P&Q’s virtual admission events.

I’m your host, Kristy Bleizeffer, and I’ll be highlighting the most important P&Q stories you might have missed. So, let’s get to it. 

No. 1: Harvard Business School Dean Srikant Datar Comes Under Attack From Seven Tenured Profs 

Seven tenured professors at Harvard Business School, remaining anonymous out of fear of retaliation by Dean Srikant Datar,  say his handling of the Francesca Gino case has rocked their confidence in the school’s leadership.

In a letter published in The Harvard Crimson, the professors accuse Dean Datar of violating the school’s norms of policy development by pushing through a new process to deal with professors accused of research misconduct without the knowledge or collaboration with the faculty. In fact, according to the professors, the new policy was in place for two years before ever being mentioned to faculty.

This has been a unraveling situation at HBS for months, ever since the accusations against Gino were first published in the Data Collada blog. You can find our latest story on our homepage, and all our coverage in the news tab.

No. 2: NYU Stern MBAs Join The $200K Compensation Club 

All the talk these days is about MBAs having trouble finding jobs in the current economy. But 2023 graduates at one major MBA program have largely eluded the pain.

NYU Stern School of Business released its annual MBA employment report today this week, showing that this year’s grads found jobs at about the same rate as their predecessors, while setting new school records in both average and median base salary as well as average total compensation. They also flocked in record numbers to one of the industries that has reportedly been hit by hiring cutbacks: consulting.

Average total compensation for Stern graduates grew 3% to $201,714 – a school record, and one that puts Stern in good company in the $200K compensation club.

Dig into the details of Stern’s jobs report in our trending tab.

No. 3: Ranking: Financial Times’ World Best Executive MBA Programs Of 2023 (14,138 views)

Europe and China dominated the top of the Financial Times’ latest ranking of the world’s Executive MBA programs, snagging the top 10 spots. You have to go all the way to No. 10 to find a stand-alone U.S. based program: Yale School of Management’s EMBA program tied with IESE Business School to crack the top tier of the ranking.

The joint EMBA from Kellogg and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology topped the ranking for the second straight year. In fact, the program has topped the ranking 11 times. It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)’ EMBA based in China, Switzerland, and Ghana also matched last year’s result, finishing both years at No. 2.

Get the full ranking results in our ranking tab.

No. 4: Our Weekly Round Up of  News You Can Use

No matter where you are in your MBA journey, we bring several helpful stories for you this week.

First up: Breaking Into Renewable Energy With An MBA. This story with advice on breaking into the energy sector is now on our homepage. 

Next: 4 Must-Knows About Your HBS Interview

This story from Gatehouse Admissions helps you be one of the 50% of interviewed candidates to actually become an Harvard MBA. You can find in our admission hub.

Finally: How To Choose Your MBA Electives. Check out this story, also in our admissions hub, for elective tips and how to use your campus visit to get an admissions edge.

And, that’s it for this week’s Must Reads recap. 

I also want to alert school seekers to our upcoming online MBA admissions event. You’ll hear from alumni and career experts from leading business schools about how the MBA can fast-track your career. Our next event is Nov. 7-8, and you can register now for free.

Again, I’m Kristy Bleizeffer, and you can join me next week, right here, for a recap of what’s important in the world of business education. Thanks for listening and, as always, stay informed!

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