Articles by John Byrne

  • PWC to Probe Bloch Rankings Scandal

    PWC to Probe Bloch Rankings Scandal

    by on August 18th, 2014

    The University of Missouri is calling in PricewaterhouseCoopers to investigate allegations that the former dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management engaged in unethical behavior to gain rankings publicity for the … Read More

  • Duke Drops Early MBA Job Report

    Duke Drops Early MBA Job Report

    by on August 17th, 2014

    Every late July or early August, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management would ordinarily be one of the first of the top business schools to release employment data for its latest graduating class of MBAs. The … Read More

  • Ex-MIT Dean Pleads Guilty to Scam

    Ex-MIT Dean Pleads Guilty to Scam

    by on August 16th, 2014

    The former deputy dean of MIT’s business school and his son agreed to plead guilty on Aug. 12 to operating a $500 million hedge fund scam. Gabriel Bitran, 69, at one time a distinguished scholar in operations research … Read More

  • Navigating Harvard’s MBA Application

    Navigating Harvard’s MBA Application

    by on August 15th, 2014

    With Harvard Business School’s Round One deadline less than a month away, it’s certainly a timely exercise to show applicants how to navigate through the school’s online application. So we enlisted the help of a … Read More

  • The Summer Beers MBAs Are Drinking

    The Summer Beers MBAs Are Drinking

    by on August 14th, 2014

    MBAs love a good beer. And I love engineering ways to make beer-drinking essential to my job. So asking MBAs what they liked to drink in the summertime seemed like a no-brainer. When we first reached out to various beer … Read More

  • The Most ‘Popular’ B-Schools Among MBAs

    The Most ‘Popular’ B-Schools Among MBAs

    by on August 13th, 2014

    How do you measure an MBA program’s popularity? Do you look at the front end, with the volume of applications and the caliber of GMATs and undergrad GPAs? Or, do you focus on back-end metrics like starting salaries, … Read More

  • B-Schools Miss the Mark on Entrepreneurship, Again

    B-Schools Miss the Mark on Entrepreneurship, Again

    by on August 12th, 2014

    Steve Blank has a big idea. In fact, he’s had quite a few. Enough of them that Silicon Valley, arguably the most big-idea-saturated place in the world (nearly everyone—from baristas to venture capitalists has one) … Read More

  • A Review of Wharton’s Marketing MOOC

    A Review of Wharton’s Marketing MOOC

    by on August 11th, 2014

    I’ve always had a distaste for the idea of marketing. I saw marketing as a fluffier part of business—as compared with subjects like accounting and finance—and I was uncomfortable with the idea that corporations … Read More

  • The Dark Side of MBA Rankings

    The Dark Side of MBA Rankings

    by on August 10th, 2014

    How desperate can a business school be to get ranked? In some cases, very desperate, especially when a school fails to make the most influential rankings published by U.S. News, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Financial … Read More

  • A Global Management Program Made of MOOCs

    A Global Management Program Made of MOOCs

    by on August 9th, 2014

    Ankit Khandelwal was ambling along the highway at 2 a.m. in Kota, India, when a police van pulled up alongside him. The officer asked him for identification, wondering why the 28-year-old student was wandering the … Read More

  • Harvard’s New Social Enterprise Director

    Harvard’s New Social Enterprise Director

    by on August 8th, 2014

    The more cynical, MBA bashers would scratch their heads at one of the latest announcements by the Harvard Business School: the appointment of a new director of the school’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI). Social … Read More

  • The MBA Gatekeeper At Cambridge Judge

    The MBA Gatekeeper At Cambridge Judge

    by on August 7th, 2014

    As far as business school admissions officers go, Conrad Chua is unusually outspoken—especially for someone who has an influential perch at tony Cambridge University. For the past five years, he has headed up MBA … Read More

  • The Most Important Interview Questions Asked by HBS

    The Most Important Interview Questions Asked by HBS

    by on August 6th, 2014

    When Nabil Mohamed showed up for his admissions interview at the Harvard Business School last year, he was a bundle of nerves. He had arrived on campus the day before after a 20-hour flight from Cairo. “My heart was … Read More

  • A Refreshingly Candid Conversation About the Current MBA Applicant Market

    A Refreshingly Candid Conversation About the Current MBA Applicant Market

    by on August 5th, 2014

    With just 40 days to go before the first round deadline for MBA applications at the Harvard Business School, the month of August is going to be a pressure-filled month for thousands of hopeful applicants. And after … Read More