Punish failure, better economics teaching


Hello from London. Rewarding bad behavior at work is demoralizing and it’s time to put an end to it. We look forward to hearing your ideas on how to proceed. Also, take a look at schools that have been rated highly for teaching economics.

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FT MBA 2022 ranking: best teaching in economics

  1. University of Chicago: Booth, USA

  2. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India

  3. SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy

  4. University of Rochester: Simon Business School, USA

  5. Melbourne Business School, Australia

  6. Peking University: Guanghua, China

  7. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India

  8. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands

  9. University of Washington: Olin, USA

  10. Imperial College Business School, UK

The Best Schools for Teaching Economics as Rated by Alumni Who Responded to a Survey for the FT MBA Ranking 2022.

Andrew Hill’s Management Challenge

The rewards for failure are poisonous, whether they’re bonuses for underperforming CEOs or honors for unimpressive politicians. As I wrote this week, they demoralize staff and discourage healthy competition for real prizes.

My management challenge this week is to suggest other ways to adjust incentives so that failure is not rewarded and, perhaps, is appropriately punished. I’ve suggested a few options in my column, but send your ideas to [email protected].

I received a deluge of emails about my column criticizing organizations for not meeting the needs of older clients. Alison Chappell answered the challenge last week after discussing it with her 88-year-old mother-in-law. Paraphrasing his suggestions for businesses, they are:

  1. “accept that language conventions are different” – check your spelling, grammar and tone;

  2. “keep in mind sight and accessibility issues”;

  3. “remember that being old is the one thing all old people have in common”;

  4. ‘naturally include older people in your advertising and marketing’, instead of creating ‘special, condescending campaigns that scream ‘for older people!’ “.

To go further, there are many choices that relate directly to the war in Ukraine, this trial for Aeon by Sudhir Chella Rajan seemed relevant. It analyzes subsidies (as opposed to petty) corruption. “Societal degeneracy – that is, corruption – is linked to small cliques that earn windfall incomes and maintain networks of mutual favors and obligations that circumvent rules of equal treatment and other forms of equity Grand corruption can then be viewed as a multiplicity of societal syndromes involving the power of an elite network leading to the debasement of the moral order,” he writes.

2022 GMAC Report: The Value of Graduate Management Education

Is it worth going to business school? The last GMAC study involving 3,600 graduates shows that many MBA or Master of Commerce graduates have reported strong career progression and financial gains.

More men than women pursued a business degree for entrepreneurial skills or business ownership. In the United States, underrepresented minorities are more motivated to study business to enhance their impact on communities.

Diversity in business schools

While diversity in business schools is improving, gender parity and ethnic diversity still lag behind, says a Cambridge Judge Business School white paper. It examines diversity at the top 22 UK and US schools and highlights recommendations on how to respond.

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Data line: Which MBA subjects are taught well?

General management, business strategy, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior and finance are important for MBA graduates, write Sam Stephens and Leo Cremonezi. These subjects are well taught by schools ranked in the 2022 Global MBA rankings, say graduates who graduated in 2018. However, teaching of statistics and quantitative methods needed improvement.

A more in-depth analysis of the FT MBA Rankings 2022 is available here.

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