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ANALysis of the best business school in the Emerging Economy

The Emerging Economy’s best business school (BBS henceforth) was conducting an information session today which I decided to grace with my presence. The school is only 6 or 7 years old but has managed to rank within the top 20 in the Financial Times MBA rankings for 2009. Not bad!!!

Although, given that this school was founded with the blessings of the then Managing Director of McClumsy and literally who’s who of the Emerging Economy’s business world, there was little reason for this school to not be a phenomenal success. So let’s begin the ANALyst’s assessment of the Emerging Economy’s best b-school

1. Reputation and Ranking

BBS’ reputation as the best in the Emerging Economy is unquestioned. It is the school that all applicants in the Emerging Economy with any sort of work experience aspire to get in to. Financial Times has ranked the school within the top 20 in the world, which for a six year old school is just unbelievable.

Furthermore, the school has alliances with the likes of Cornflakes, CityBoy Business School across the pond and that other famous school which is neither in the west coast nor in Boston.

2. Coursework

BBS offers a one year course beginning and ending in April, the start time being quite a departure from convention. It claims not to have compromised on course material by really compressing the material and “not offering any holidays at all”. The faculty is a mixture of resident and visiting faculty. Resident faculty are mainly from the Emerging Economy, but who were previously faculty members in the US business schools and have now decided to return to their homeland.

Visiting faculty are from all over the world, and I got the impression that they really put in a lot of effort to get the best people to teach the courses. All the popular majors are offered, with the exception of Human Resources. They claim that so far there hasn’t been enough demand amongst the students to get enough electives to constitute a major in HR. Change management electives however do exist.

3. Post MBA Job Opportunities

Plentiful – if you wish to work in the Emerging Economy. All the multinational corporates are present on campus and recruit heavily. In terms of the names of companies, you could mistake the bschool as one being in the US.

BUT, and this is a big but, most of these companies recruit for their operations within the Emerging Economy and not for overseas ops. So for instance if you wanted to do an MBA at that school in Boston and then wished to cross the pond – perfectly doable. Here….not so sure.

Furthermore, I wasn’t very impressed with the post b-school salaries. They didn’t seem like a large figure compared with global standards. Those in the Emerging Economy already working in finance or business consulting, will probably not see much of a jump at all.

However, if you are amongst the one-fifth of all graduates offered places overseas, your pay is comparable to that anywhere in the world.

4. Alumni

Being only a six year old school, it would be unfair to expect the alumni size or influence to compare with that of the other b-schools of the world. Having said that, the alumni network does seem like a very tight and closed bunch – almost like a frat. Going forward, this will only increase and get better.

5. Networking

I feel that this is an achilles heel for the school at the moment. Again, not for the fault of the school itself, but given that it is a six year old institution, it still does not attract the diversity of students from around the globe that the schools in the Old and the New World do.

BBS is taking steps to counter this, having set up exchange programs with many of the best schools around the world and I think with time, we will begin to see a much more diverse pool. But as of today, the interaction opportunities are limited.

6.Calibre of students

Technically – brilliant. Measured in quantitative ability alone, they would be amongst the best in the world. What do you expect when 65% of the admitted students have an undergraduate degree in engineering!

Soft skills – needs improvement. For the most part, they are not the typical suave, smooth, consultant type people you see in most b-schools. While that is not a measure of ability, it does tend to reduce the perception of ability as a b-school graduate.


I think BBS is a great school, that has really come places in six years. It is the ideal school should you wish to work or do business in the Emerging Economy or the surroundings. But if your primary choice of work place is either the Old or the New World, I would still recommend you go to one of the schools there.

November 1, 2009 - Posted by | B-School


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  3. Interesting. The only school that fits the above explanation is ISB 🙂
    And i heard the recruitment was quite bad last year with only 45% of the class getting placed. Is that true?

    Comment by afan | November 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. Afan,

    I shall neither confirm nor deny the name of theschool.

    Regarding placements…yeah there were some delays last year, but I hear everyone got placed in the end.

    Comment by banalyst | November 6, 2009 | Reply

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  6. Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Somtimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information.
    Nice post. Thanks

    Comment by Car Insurance Guy | November 10, 2009 | Reply

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