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Which MBA? A Critical Guide to the World's Best MBAs

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ISBN-10: 0273688006

ISBN-13: 9780273688006

Edition: 15th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: George Bickerstaffe, Economist Intelligence Unit (Great Britain) Staff

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The MBA is becoming a necessity for anyone wanting to explore new career opportunities, accelerate personal development and increase their salary, but taking an MBA isn't a decision that should be taken lightly.Full-time or part-time? One-year or two? European or US MBA? And, crucially, at what school? All MBAs are time consuming, most are expensive and a select few can represent a life-changing experience. Finding the right programme for you can make the difference between an enjoyable and rewarding experience, or an unhappy and frustrating one. Which MBA? sets out to answer all the questions of a prospective student. For the first time, it also offers a ranking of the business schools…    
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Edition: 15th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall
Publication date: 3/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranking
The Economist Intelligence Unit rankings
Why rank?
How is the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking different?
How did we choose the top 100?
Regional rankings
Why you need an MBA today
What an MBA aims to do
Who recruits MBA graduates?
What sort of people should take an MBA?
Why people want an MBA
Which programme?
What should be in an MBA programme?
Reacting to world events
The core
Soft skills
Contact with executives
Pre-programme courses
The MBA alternatives
The final choice
Choosing a full-time programme
The classic two-year programme
The one-year-plus programme
Choosing a part-time programme
The part-time option
The modular MBA
The consortium MBA
The company MBA
The executive MBA
Distance learning
How does a distance learning programme work?
Which school?
The top ten criteria for choosing a school
Aim for the top
The top 10 criteria
Admissions procedure
Tough for applicants
Getting into the school of your choice
What is the school looking for?
Apply early
Application forms, references, essays and interviews
Applications forms
Making the most of references
Essay questions
The GMAT and other admissions tests
Finance: the cost and rewards
The financial costs and benefits of an MBA
Counting the cost
The financial rewards
How to pay for your MBA
Savings and loans
Earning and studying
Education and personal development
Hard work and high pressure
Case studies
Projects and groups
Measuring results
Faculty quality
Language training
Students and socialising
The students
Social life
New career opportunities
How the job search works
Careers services
Campus visits
Other ways to find a job
What companies want from MBA graduates
Changes in MBA recruitment
Which career?
General management
Management consulting
Operations and logistics
Information technology/MIS
Human resources/organisation management
Life as alumni
The alumni network
Not the end but the beginning
How schools keep in touch
Why alumni are important
Continuous improvement
Keeping your MBA up-to-date
What do graduates want?
Refresher courses: what are schools doing for graduates?
Executive education
Using the directory
List of schools
Comparative tables
Asia and Australasia (including South Africa)
North America
List of advertisers
List of boxes
Which MBA online
The MBA--some history
Checklist for an MBA programme
Types of MBA programme
Survey of distance-learning programmes
Selected admissions essay questions
How the GMAT works
Sample GMAT questions
Some international bodies that provide scholarships
Social activities at business school
Small schools pool resources
Networking with headhunters
List of tables
Global ranking, 2003
Proportion of responses required from students and recent graduates
Summary of ranking criteria and weightings
Schools by region
Principal recruiters of MBA graduates
Average age of MBA students
Why did you decide to study for an MBA degree?
Hall of fame: world leaders with an MBA
Selected distance-learning programmes
Factors considered most important by distance-learning students
How did you choose the school where you are taking or took your MBA?
Student and graduate ratings of programme content
What students think of the faculty: student rating by region
Student and graduate ratings of faculty
Student and graduate ratings of quality of student body
What students think of the quality of the student body: student rating by region
Student and graduate ratings of back-up and facilities
Schools by percentage of foreign students
Foreign students by region
Student and graduate ratings of internationalism
Schools by percentage of foreign faculty
Foreign faculty by region
How difficult was it to get into your school?
Average GMAT scores of students (world)
Average GMAT scores of students by region
Average GMAT scores, 1993, 1997 and 2003
Accommodation costs around the world, 2003
Average starting salaries of recent graduates from selected schools
How students finance their MBA programmes
Financial aid available for MBA students
Language training
Student quality rating
Student diversity rating
Schools by percentage of women students
Student and graduate ratings of careers services
Student and graduate ratings of diversity of recruiters visiting their school
Students accepting firm job offers that came directly or indirectly through the school
General job areas for which respondents recruit
Student and graduate ratings of alumni network
Alumni at selected schools
Alumni branches at selected schools