Finding the Best Business School for You: Looking Past the Rankings

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Ultimately, finding the best and most appropriate business school requires more than following trends and assessing rankings. Dennis and Smith offer an approach that is designed to help prospective MBA students cast their nets widely, thinking more expansively, creatively, and strategically, with both short- and long-term implications in mind. Discussing the pros and cons of a formal business education (in the context of evolving attitudes toward management and the role of the MBA in developing successful ...

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Overview

Ultimately, finding the best and most appropriate business school requires more than following trends and assessing rankings. Dennis and Smith offer an approach that is designed to help prospective MBA students cast their nets widely, thinking more expansively, creatively, and strategically, with both short- and long-term implications in mind. Discussing the pros and cons of a formal business education (in the context of evolving attitudes toward management and the role of the MBA in developing successful leaders), the authors help readers identify their underlying motivations for pursuing an MBA, learn how to read between the lines of the popular rankings, and utilize the concept of return on investment (ROI) to evaluate programs on the basis of their contribution to long-term professional and personal goals. At a time when one-fourth of all master's degrees conferred are in business, Finding the Best Business School for You offers practical insights for making wise decisions and getting the most out of the MBA experience.

The truth is that, in response to changes in the global business environment, many schools are redesigning their curricula, forging closer ties with businesses, and giving students more freedom to customize their degrees. Some of the most innovative programs are being designed at public universities and other institutions out of the spotlight.

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Editorial Reviews

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"For prospective MBA students, Dennis and Smith detail how to choose a business school that is most suitable for them, based on their portfolio approach to MBA education, in which students design their own programs. They outline reasons to get an MBA, deconstruct school rankings, describe how to use them as just one source of information, and discuss how the concept of return on investment can be used to choose a school, as well as by gauging career success and personal satisfaction. They then examine important personal factors and the influence of globalization."

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"Dennis and Smith offer potential MBA students practical insights into selecting a master's-level business program and getting the most from their MBA experience. Given the enormous popularity of MBA education today, this book will be of special interest to professionals and aspiring managers/executives considering pursuing an MBA or specialized master's degree in business, as well as to faculty teaching in these programs. The book's 14 readable chapters explore the appeal of MBA degrees and whether or not this attraction is warranted; provide an inside look at the history, nature, scope, virtues, challenges, and failures of the MBA degree; and outline an approach that readers can utilize to evaluate the potential of various MBA programs to meet their professional and personal goals. Along the way, the authors explore the rise and problems of MBA ranking sources and their possible value and relevance to student selection decisions. The book closes by discussing how business schools are changing and will continue to evolve. All in all, an informative, thoughtful primer on the role of master's-level business education in today's world of commerce. Recommended. Public, academic, and professional library collections."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275988203
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

EVERETTE E. DENNIS is the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor of Communication and Media Management at Fordham University, where he heads the Center for Communication. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on media and communications, higher education, and institution building, including Media Debates, Issues for the Digital Age, Higher Education in the Information Age; Demystifying Media Technology, and The Media at War; the textbook, Understanding Mass Communication; and Media Freedom and Accountability (coeditor, Greenwood, 1989). He has served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the editorial boards of Communication Law and Policy and the Journal of Religion and Media. He was the founding president of the American Academy in Berlin, founding executive director of the Media Studies Center at Columbia University, and a senior vice president of the Gannett/Freedom Forum Foundation.

SHARON P. SMITH is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for National University and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the National University system. Prior to this appointment, she was Dean of the Faculty of Business, Dean of the Schools of Business Administration, and Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University. Author of two books and over two dozen articles and research reports on labor policy, management, and economics, she is a member of the board of governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and was a member of the board of the Security Traders Association Securities. Previously, she was a senior research economist at Princeton University, a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, adistrict manager with AT&T, and served as president of the NASDAQ Stock Market Education Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The appeal of the MBA - warranted or not? 1
Ch. 2 Why an MBA, anyway? 11
Ch. 3 It wasn't always so - from best practices to best strategies 23
Ch. 4 The career-resilient learner and the MBA 35
Ch. 5 Quality control - grading MBA programs 45
Ch. 6 The rankings - consumer guidance or magazine mischief? 55
Ch. 7 Using the rankings and thinking beyond them 77
Ch. 8 Understanding return on investment for the MBA 89
Ch. 9 Career success and personal satisfaction 97
Ch. 10 A portfolio for the future 109
Ch. 11 Criteria for the future 121
Ch. 12 Remembering that the "real world" is global 139
Ch. 13 Finding the "best" business school 153
Ch. 14 The new MBA - enduring ideas meet innovation 171
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