UMKC business school’s misleading march to the top

The UMKC Bloch School of Business Administration. | Photo courtesy of UMKC
A Kansas City Star investigation has raised questions about top rankings attained by UMKC’s Bloch School of Management. | Courtesy of UMKC

A Kansas City Star investigation raises questions about an academic study that ranked UMKC’s business school ahead of Harvard, Stanford and other top colleges in innovation management research — the study of how entrepreneurs turn good ideas into big bucks and jobs. The Star found a pattern of exaggerations and misstatements that polished the Bloch School of Management’s reputation as it sought to boost enrollment and open donors’ checkbooks.

The study was published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management in 2011, and one concern experts cited: a previously undisclosed relationship between the university and the study’s Chinese authors. In addition, the experts said, it appears the study may have been structured in such a way to ensure that the Bloch School received the top ranking.

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