Premiership 2012 – European b-school ranking of rankings

European Union Flag has compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last twelve months to produce the Premiership.

How do the top business schools in Europe perform when you combine these results?

2012 Rank2011 RankInstitutionCountryThe FT 2012*BusWeek 2012*Economist 2012*Forbes 2011*
11London Business SchoolUK1131
22InseadFrance / Singapore2262
34Iese Business SchoolSpain4613
55IE Business SchoolSpain3373
67HEC ParisFrance6945
76Esade Bus SchSpain12554
811Univ of Oxford - Sa•dUK74146
99Manchester Business SchoolUK1112-2
108Univ of Cambridge - JudgeUK8-135
11-Mannheim Bus SchGermany-810-
1211City University - CassUK14-99
1310Cranfield Sch of MgmtUK13-1110
1414Warwick Business SchoolUK9-188
1513SDA BocconiItaly1510234
1617Rotterdam Sch of Mgmt, ErasmusNetherlands101120-
1717EM LyonFrance--1711
1819Lancaster University Mgmt SchUK18-267
1915Vlerick Bus SchBelgium17-21-
20-Univ College Dublin - SmurfitIreland21-19-
20-Aston Business SchoolUK22-31-
2220Birmingham Business SchoolUK20-28-
2221Durham Business SchoolUK24-24-
24-University of St GallenSwitzerland23-27-
*Ranking figure above is relative to other European b-schools
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Very few of the European business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek assesses only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, and Forbes produces two separate lists, both very short, for one year and two year programmes. US News does not consider business schools from Europe at all. has calculated overall performance by looking at each ranking position compared to other European schools. In the case of the FT and Economist rankings, if a European business school ranked #41 in the overall FT ranking and #33 in the overall Economist ranking, but among European business schools was #14 in the FT and #10 in The Economist, then the relative European regional figure was used for the calculation, and added where appropriate to those of BusinessWeek and Forbes, before dividing the results by the number of rankings in which they appear to achieve an average score.

The idea of the Premiership is to compare the performance of schools in multiple rankings, and therefore does not include the many good European business schools that appear in fewer than two rankings. This means that, for example, Imperial College in London – an outstanding business school as recognised by it’s position at #46 in the overall Financial Times ranking – has not been included for 2012.

Candidates should remember that this is not scientific approach, and there is no attempt to weight any one ranking greater than the others. As stated before, each ranking uses a different methodology and measures different things with the inherent limitations of each assessment, so doing particularly well in one ranking and less well in another is reflected in the overall average score.

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