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Mapping the structure of MBA (AMBA-accredited) programmes in the UK and France

Paucar-Caceres, Alberto (2008) Mapping the structure of MBA (AMBA-accredited) programmes in the UK and France. International journal of educational management, 22 (2). pp. 184-209. ISSN 0951-354X

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to determine possible grouping of similar MBA programmes offered by 45 British and French business schools accredited by the Association of Master Business Administration (AMBA) as of January 2006. Design/methodology/approach – The study uses the statistical co-plot method reported in a similar study of leading full time MBA programmes in the USA. The method is used to map/group the schools according to both core and elective units offered by the business schools. Findings – The paper outlines the features of the six groups of MBA programmes found (Cluster 1: Manchester and Bath; Cluster 2: Warwick, Lancaster and London; Cluster 3: five top French business schools and Cranfield; Cluster 4: two French schools – Grenoble and Audiencia-Nantes; Cluster 5: two French schools – ENPC-EAP and IEP; Cluster 6: the remaining UK MBA programmes). The differentiating characteristics of core and option units offered by business schools in each cluster are described and discussed. Originality/value – The study makes a contribution under the application area of international business education (specifically the design of MBA programmes), as well as in the area of statistical analysis by using co-plot cluster analysis, an approach not used before when comparing UK and French Business schools to explore aspects of curriculum design.

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