Monthly Archives: May 2011

On MBA programme pricing

Kai Peters on MBA

A guest post by Kai Peters, CEO, Ashridge Business School.

Poets and Quants is a blog run by John Byrne, the man who originally brought business school rankings to the world in 1988 in Businessweek. Since everyone likes a list, he continues to compile them.

Wharton MBA cost

$172 000 for an MBA at Wharton is “good value” according to Anjani Jain, Wharton’s vice dean.

A recent list that caught my eye is a list of the most expensive programmes in the world. In first place with a bullet is the EMBA programme at Wharton – coming in at $172,200. In the accompanying article, Anjani Jain, Wharton’s vice dean, MBA Program for Executives, comments that the programme is good value. I wonder if he said that with a straight face or with tongue firmly in cheek? Continue reading

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McDonald’s : Double hypocrisy and fries

Complaints about McDonalds (c) Hemera

Debates about the food chain McDonald’s often involve a lot of hypocricy. Many of its biggest critics are also, surprisingly, its customers. However, the corporation does itself no favours by engaging in Orwellian double speak that defies the facts about its products.

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French Management Schools: Stop apologizing!

Studying in France

Over the past 20 years, management schools in France have led the way in providing young internationally minded graduates fit to work in modern business. They should recognize this and stop apologizing for what they have achieved. 

“Do any French people actually work in your school, Mark?”

My international visitor was looking incredulously around in the vast entrance of my school. This school lies in a medium-sized French city at the bottom of the French Alps. I had just taken him for coffee with my Austrian colleague, had introduced to two programme directors (one Irish and one English), and had bumped into our Academic Director (Scottish) and one of our most senior professors in HRM (American).

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