Premiership 2014 – European b-school ranking of rankings

European football 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?  the London Business School continues to dominate, with INSEAD close behind for the third year in a row. In addition to the gains made by IE, HEC Paris, Cambridge Judge and ESMT, the UK’s Warwick Business School has surged into the top 10, though the school does not take part in the BusinessWeek ranking. Imperial College London is included for the first year now that they participate in at least two of the major rankings.

2014 Rank2013 Rank2012 RankInstitutionCountryFinancial Times 2014*BusinessWeek 2014*Economist 2014*Forbes 2013*
111London Business SchoolUK1334
222InseadFrance / S'pore2442
455IE Business SchoolSpain5195
543Iese Business SchoolSpain37212
686HEC ParisFrance79115
7610Univ of Cambridge - JudgeUK65168
81214Warwick Business SchoolUK10107
91015SDA BocconiItaly1111123
1077Esade Bus SchSpain813614
1198Univ of Oxford - SaïdUK96226
121213Cranfield Sch of MgmtUK1510179
14119Manchester Business SchoolUK1416-11
141411Mannheim Bus SchGermany181211-
161512City University - CassUK131813
181616Rotterdam Sch of Mgmt, ErasmusNetherlands121520-
191829Univ of StrathclydeUK1915-
2016-Univ of BathUK2213-
212118Lancaster University Mgmt SchUK212710
221924University of St GallenSwitzerland2319-
231920Univ College Dublin - SmurfitIreland2521-
242217EM LyonFrance2624-
*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 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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