When I was applying for an MBA, there was one piece of advice that I received over and over: whatever you do, go to a school in the top ten global rankings- preferably one in the top five. School reputation and networking, it was said, counted just as much as academics. Since I was looking at both America and Europe, this mainly placed my focus on two universities: Harvard and the London Business School, both of which routinely took first place in their respective regional rankings.

I wasn’t particularly inclined to question this advice, as it perfectly matched my own ambitions join a top tier program. However, following a fairly rigorous review of top business schools, I had a realization: as a specialist in inclusive business and social enterprise, standard rankings just didn’t apply to me, or to anyone in my sector.

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