I do not believe in rankings, or at least I do not idolatrise them, but I just thought I could share this one with you. It’s from the Economist Intelligence Unit and ranks a selection of 100 top business schools in the world.
These are the results for Henley Management College:
Not bad, isn’t it? Henley is located in the highest notches of the second, third and fourth categories, but not on the first one (open new career opportunities).
Why? There can be many reasons of course, but I can offer you one of them: Henley doesn’t accept any student without a fair share of experience. No recent graduates are admitted. They only give executive programmes. That means that the MBA is really an Executive MBA. And that also means that there are no newcomers to the management world. So all the students do already have a job. We are required to have one.
If you read this blog, or you have read Mintzberg, the idea is not new. Learning management requires to be able to apply what you learn everyday, and only makes sense if you have already experienced management.
That’s why we are all managers there. All of us.
Of course that’s just a point of view. There could be others that could think that being two years away from the real world is good for your management skills. I tend to think it is not.
Don’t get me wrong, it can be great for developing your analytical skills, or as a personal experience towards self growth. There are many MBAs out there that produce great graduates although they are usually focused on other skills that are not management. Which doesn’t mean they cannot be great managers either. This is something you must develop, mainly, by yourself and in the real world.
And of course there will be things, many things that can be done better at Henley. I don’t want to skip self-criticism. But that’s one of the reasons you won’t see Henley in all the rankings: because of its specificity. As in life, everything is a trade-off. And learning amongst managers means that personal development, the educational experience and the networking potential are amongst the best in the selected pool of business schools.
A different view, the top ten schools in every category, from The Economist. No Henley in the first column, #1 in personal development, #3 in increase salary, after Ashridge and IESE, and #2 in potential to network, after EM Lyon.
For those who asked me to write this. Let me insist: I do not believe in rankings. I think there are many good business schools, each of one with its particular flavour. And you must choose your b-school because it fits you, not for any other reason. I just made a choice, the same one than my fellow students did. You must make yours.
Begin by managing your own career.