Premiership 2013 – European b-school ranking of rankings

European B-School ranking 2013 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?

2013 Rank2012 RankInstitutionCountryFinancial Times 2013*BusinessWeek 2012*Economist 2013*Forbes 2013*
11London Business SchoolUK1134
22InseadFrance / S'pore2272
43Iese Business SchoolSpain36112
55IE Business SchoolSpain43155
610Univ of Cambridge - JudgeUK5-98
77Esade Bus SchSpain85514
86HEC ParisFrance79215
98Univ of Oxford - Saï•dUK94176
1015SDA BocconiItaly1410143
119Manchester Business SchoolUK1112-11
1213Cranfield Sch of MgmtUK13-139
1214Warwick Business SchoolUK10-187
1411Mannheim Bus SchGermany20811-
1512City University - CassUK15-1213
1616Rotterdam Sch of Mgmt, ErasmusNetherlands121119-
16-Univ of BathUK22-6-
1829Univ of StrathclydeUK25-10-
1920Univ College Dublin - SmurfitIreland18-21-
1924University of St GallenSwitzerland23-16-
2118Lancaster University Mgmt SchUK21-3110
2217EM LyonFrance26-22-
2319Vlerick Bus SchBelgium24-25-
*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 and Forbes assess only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, while 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 such as Imperial College in London, ESMT in Berlin and that appear in fewer than two rankings.

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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