Best MBAs, CLO survey, takeover threats


Good afternoon from London. The day has come to reveal which are the top 100 global MBAs — results show that US schools still dominate. Change is inevitable, but how do you help staff deal with a takeover threat? If you are in charge of workplace training, there is a chance to tell us what the future holds for executive education.

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FT MBA ranking of 2022

Check out the top 100 MBAs of 2022 ranked by the Financial Times. Learn how the table was compiled and read the rest of our coverage at

Top 100 FT MBAs of 2022
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Andrew Hill’s management challenge

Dealmakers have had a lot of practice in the past year — a record 63,000 transactions were announced in 2021 — but over time they remain quite bad at turning their rosy visions for takeovers into reality. No wonder, as I write in this week’s column, that staff get nervous about their jobs and their destiny when bidders loom on the horizon. A new book, The Synergy Solution, recommends a three-step approach to reassuring staff about takeovers: calm, spark, inspire.

For my management challenge this week, put yourself in the shoes of the chief executive of the bidder and draft a (short) memo to employees of the target calming or inspiring them about their future under new ownership. Bullet points are fine, but send them to [email protected] and we will print the best replies.

In further reading, for Valentine’s Day, here’s a guest essay by Joanne Lipman and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld for the New York Times about the latest episode in the long-running saga of office romances — the resignation of CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker over a relationship with a colleague. “There is no consensus in corporate America . . . about what is considered acceptable. Companies’ stated rules are all over the map,” they write.

MBA alumni salaries have increased by 28 per cent since 2006, both at graduation and three years after completing an MBA, write Sam Stephens and Leo Cremonezi. The cumulative inflation rate on the US dollar in that period is 37 per cent. Alumni surveyed in 2012 experienced a salary increase of 118 per cent three years after graduating and salaries are down in this year’s ranking for the first time since 2014. However, female MBA graduates still lag behind men in salary and career progression. More MBA analysis can be found here.

Join us for the FT’s ‘Future of Business Education: Spotlight on MBA’

We will be holding a virtual event on Feb 23 Wednesday 2022 with FT Editorial and top business schools sharing insights about the FT MBA ranking, responsible business education, innovation and the future of the MBA in a post Covid-19 world. Register for free on:

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Les Ferdinand, (on the right) director of football at Queens Park Rangers, and Chris Ramsey, technical director, at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, White City, London
Les Ferdinand, (on the right) director of football at Queens Park Rangers, and Chris Ramsey, technical director, at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, White City, London © Anna Gordon/FT

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