The Top Business Schools in Terms of 'Soft' Skills
By: Susan Dunn
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Interpersonal communication and other so-called soft skills are what corporate
recruiters crave most but find most elusive in M.B.A. graduates. "The
major business schools produce graduates with analytical horsepower and
solid command of the basics -- finance, marketing and strategy. But soft
skills such as communication, leadership and a team mentality sometimes
receive cursory treatment." (WSJ)
"As much as business schools talk about leadership, I don't think
they do a very good job teaching it," said Marshall Dahneke, a recruiter
and vice president of global marketing for the Hill-Rom unit of Hillenbrand
Industries Inc., Batesville, Ind.
When asked to rank B Schools in the Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive
Poll, 2002, recruiters made comments such as “cutthroat,” “soften the edges
of the students,” “humility should be a core curriculum course,” “arrogant,”
“tone down the egos" as well as "creme de la creme," "marketing
gurus," "quant wizards," "salt-of-the-earth, but not
in touch," and "top notch." Results?
Top ten overall (in rank order) were:
- IPADE was rated 1st for Leadership Potential.
- Dartmouth was rated 1st for Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Dartmouth was rated 1st for Ability to Work Well within a Team. However,
it placed 5th in Leadership Potential.
- IPADE ranked high in all 3 areas – 2nd in Leadership Potential, 3rd in
Communication & Interpersonal Skills, and 3rd in Ability to Work Well
within a Team
- Instituto de Empresa was strong overall as well – 1st in Leadership Potential,
2nd in Communication & Interpersonal Skills, and 5th in Ability to
Work Well within a Team
- Yale University also placed in all 3 divisions – 3rd for Leadership Potential,
6th for Communication & Interpersonal Skills, and 2nd for Ability to
Work Well within a Team
- Purdue - 5th in Leadership Potential, 1st in Communication & Interpersonal
Skills, and 1st in Ability to Work Well within a Team
- Business Schools placing in the top 10 in all 3 divisions were: Instituto
de Empresa, IPADE, Yale, and Dartmouth.
- The Top Ten for Leadership Potential in rank order: Instituto de Empresa,
IPADE, Yale, ITESM, Dartmouth, IMD, Purdue, University of Buffalo, SUNY,
Ohio State, and Michigan State.
- Also placing in the top ten in at least two of the categories were: University
of Maryland, Emory, and College of William and Mary. IMD and Washington
State placed in one division in the top ten. To read the methodology, go
|Dartmouth College (Tuck), 75.15
University of Michigan, 71.98
Carnegie Mellon University
Northwestern University (Kellogg), 71.12
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), 69.92
University of Chicago
University of Texas at Austin (McCombs), 68.51
Yale University, 68.49
Harvard University, 67.99.