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Business School Rankings and Business School Deans: A Study of Nonprofit Governance


  • C. Edward Fee
  • Charles J. Hadlock
  • Joshua R. Pierce


We examine the relation between business school dean turnover and MBA program rankings from 1990-2002. We find little evidence that dean departures are related to changes in a school’s overall rank in the US News & World Report rankings. However, dean turnover increases following drops in the Business Week rankings and deterioration in the student placement score as measured by US News & World Report. These results are significant in both a statistical and economic sense. Our findings suggest that schools react either directly to the rankings or to information that is reflected in the rankings.

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  • C. Edward Fee & Charles J. Hadlock & Joshua R. Pierce, 2005. "Business School Rankings and Business School Deans: A Study of Nonprofit Governance," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 34(1), Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:feehadlockpierce05

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