The Financial Times published its annual MBA rankings two weeks ago and the Cambridge MBA held steady at 16th position.
While I did my usual analysis of the results for our internal audiences, one thing that struck me was how low-key the reaction to the rankings was compared to previous years. Yes, it helped that we were in the Top 20 whereas in recent years we were in the mid-twenties. But I would also like to think that the relative lack of reaction was also due to our constituents (our students, alums, staff) knowing that while rankings are important and gives us valuable benchmarking information in certain metrics, there are a lot of areas that we feel strongly about that are not captured by rankings. For example, the quality of the academic experience, the learning environment, the networks that our students and alums can tap into. I hope we can use the breathing space created by a top 20 ranking to improve these areas, which I feel will produce more lasting value to the CJBS community.