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ERIC Number: EJ954734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
UK Business School Rankings over the Last 30 Years (1980-2010): Trends and Explanations
Wilkins, Stephen; Huisman, Jeroen
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v63 n3 p367-382 Mar 2012
Business schools globally operate in a market-driven environment and rankings are very much part of that environment. Rankings have a significant impact on a school's ability to attract the top scholars, the most able students and research funding. Schools use rankings to support claims of excellence and "world class" status. The purpose of this study is to explore whether an analysis of the historical development of business schools and business/management education in the UK, supported by reference to institutional theory, can help explain trends in rankings and the positions of different types of school. The analysis is based on a selection of undergraduate, MBA and research rankings published between 1984 and 2010. The findings of the study fit with the expectations of institutional theory: particularly regulations and normative path dependencies determined the rankings of different categories of university, e.g., ancient, plateglass, technology and post-1992.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom