What’s the best business school? For this year’s M.B.A. rankings, it’s not who you think.
With several top U.S. business schools opting out of MBA rankings this year, European universities and lesser-known programs climbed the lists. Insead in France and IESE Business School in Spain topped the most recent Economist and Financial Times rankings, as Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and other elite programs sat out. Several institutions said the pandemic encumbered efforts to gather the data required to be ranked, allowing other programs to step into the spotlight and secure bragging rights amid an uptick in business school applications.