How well do AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS manage their brands?

Morgan P. Miles, Martin Grimmer, Geralyn Mc Clure Franklin

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on the question of how well business school accreditation bodies manage their own brands. It does so by extending research on business school branding by Pitt et al. (2006) to explore how well business school accreditation organizations such as AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs, and the European Foundation for Management Development Quality Improvement System manage their brands. Design/methodology/approach – An on-line survey of business school deans was conducted during October and November of 2013. SurveyMonkey was used to administer the survey to 1,131 valid e-mail addresses found for the deans of member schools. Findings – Business school deans face complex decisions in terms of marketing. The selection of which accreditation “co-brand” to seek is both strategically relevant to the market position of the business school and has numerous financial and often career implications. The findings in this research suggest that AACSB is perceived by a broad global sample of business school deans to be generally the strongest brand, and therefore likely the best choice if a school is seeking only one accreditation. Originality/value – This study contributes to the understanding of business school marketing, strategic planning, and branding in a highly competitive global market.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-116
Number of pages18
JournalMarketing Intelligence and Planning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2016

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