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ERIC Number: EJ1213263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2000-4508
Crafting Competition: Media Rankings and the Forming of a Global Market for Business Schools
Wedlin, Linda
Education Inquiry, v2 n4 p563-579 2011
Rankings are elements of market governance of higher education and research. Despite the growing importance of these systems in global policy-making, little scholarly attention has been paid to the role rankings play as elements of governance. This paper presents an empirical study of the introduction of international rankings in management education and the responses to these developments among European business schools. The paper analyses how rankings have shaped perceptions of an international market and competition among business schools in this field via two important processes: constructing comparability and thereby consolidating views of the "customer" and the "product"in a perceived global market, and by crafting perceptions and mechanisms for competition among business schools in this field. This suggests that rankings have been important in shaping this field as global and competitive in character, contributing to what is commonly referred to as the increasing "marketisation" of the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Europe