Man Without Qualities

Monday, September 09, 2002

Top Ten

The Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive survey ranks the nations top-rated business schools:

1. Dartmouth College
2. University of Michigan
3. Carnegie Mellon
4. Northwestern University
5. University of Pennsylvania
6. University of Chicago
7. University of Texas at Austin
8. Yale University
9. Harvard University
10. Columbia University

Such surveys and rankings are always and rightly highly controversial - so too much should not be made of this one. But one striking aspect of this survey is Harvard's low rank, despite resources that dwarf those of any other business school in the world. Harvard also has lots of personal connections which might have been thought likely to boost its rating. In that sense, one might reasonably wonder if the survey overstates Harvard's already-low ranking. Which leads to some other troubling thoughts about the place.

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