Good afternoon from London. After a year’s hiatus, the time has come to announce the results of the FT Executive Education rankings — the top providers of short management courses as well as customised business programmes.
Please note, we will be taking time off so the next Business School Briefing will be out on June 13, after a national holiday in the UK. On that day, we will publish the top Masters in Finance degrees of 2022.
Thank you for reading Business School Briefing and have a great week — Wai Kwen Chan and Andrew Jack.
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FT Executive Education rankings 2022
HEC Paris is number one for the first time in the custom, open and combined rankings for executive training. No other school has topped all three FT executive tables at the same time.
The school’s success comes as many of the world’s leading academic institutions report a surge in demand for non-degree courses as the Covid-19 pandemic eases, writes Andrew Jack, global education editor.
In our league table of customised business programmes, tailored to the needs of companies and organisations, 70 schools are featured. We also reveal the top 65 schools running advanced and general management open-enrolment courses.
FT Custom ranking of 2022: top five
FT Open ranking of 2022: top five
FT Executive Education combined custom and open ranking of 2022: top five
HEC Paris, France/Qatar
Iese Business School, Spain/US/Germany/Brazil
IMD Business School, Switzerland
Esade Business School, Spain
London Business School, UK/UAE
Check out our rankings site to see if your school is in the table: rankings.ft.com/home/executive-education.
Are universities suffering from management bloat?
Some academics argue that higher education needs to focus resources away from administration and back to teaching and research, writes Andrew Jack.
Timothy Devinney recalls his horror when he was shown a sprawling spreadsheet of the “key performance indicators” for the university department where he once worked. It included 110 targets, each with staff assigned to monitor them.
“There are only two that matter: scholarship and pedagogy. Any sane organisation would look at the administrative overheads and try to remove them,” says Professor Devinney, now chair of international business at Alliance Manchester Business School.
Data line: Leadership is the key skill to learn in 2022
Leadership is the top learning priority for executives, according to the FT’s second annual chief learning officers survey, this year. The other two important topics are diversity and inclusion, plus digital transformation, write Andrew Jack, Sam Stephens and Leo Cremonezi. Other popular subjects were change management, innovation, digital skills, strategy and data science.
Work and careers round-up
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Is the global economy heading for recession? The outlook is deteriorating because of the Covid outbreak in China, rising US interest rates and a cost of living crisis in Europe.
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