Finding the Best Business School for You
Looking Past the Rankings
by Everette E. Dennis, Sharon P. Smith
June 2006, 224pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-98820-3
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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A practical and strategic guide to assessing MBA programs, reading between the lines of the popular rankings, and choosing the program that will best suit your educatoinal and career goals.

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.


"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."—Choice, January 1, 2007

"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."—Reference & Research Book News, November 1, 2006

"Business schools are becoming increasingly different from one another, and keyed to students' individual career goals. Finding the Best Business School for You will help readers employ the same critical skills in the important MBA selection process that they will later use in their studies. It's also a primer on rapid change underway in this highly practical form of education."—Andrew Leckey, Director, Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, American Press Institute, Reston, Va.
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