Business School Rankings and Business School Deans

35 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2003

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C. Edward Fee

Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of Business

Charles J. Hadlock

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Joshua R. Pierce

University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce

Date Written: October 6, 2003

Abstract

We examine the relation between dean turnover and changes in rankings in a comprehensive sample of business schools with ranked MBA programs from 1990-2002. We find little evidence that dean departures are related to changes in a school's overall rank in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. However, dean turnover does appear to be elevated when a school drops in the Business Week rankings and when a school deteriorates on the placement dimension as measured by U.S. News & World Report. These results are significant in both a statistical and economic sense. Our findings suggest either that schools respond to changes in rankings or that rankings reflect information schools use in their personnel decisions.

Keywords: business schools, deans, rankings, turnover, performance evaluation

JEL Classification: G30, J41, L20, M10, M51

Suggested Citation

Fee, C. Edward and Hadlock, Charles J. and Pierce, Joshua R., Business School Rankings and Business School Deans (October 6, 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=464762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.464762

C. Edward Fee

Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of Business ( email )

7 McAlister Drive
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

Charles J. Hadlock (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management ( email )

315 Eppley Center
East Lansing, MI 48824-1121
United States
517-353-9330 (Phone)
517-432-1080 (Fax)

Joshua R. Pierce

University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce ( email )

101 Paul W. Bryant Dr.
Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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