Discussion Paper of the Institute for Organisational Economics 3/2013

Soll man das Handelsblatt-Ranking BWL boykottieren? 
Alexander Dilger
March 2013



Should One Boycott the Handelsblatt-Ranking for Business Administration?

The Handelsblatt-Ranking for Business Administration has been published in 2012 for the second time and was boycotted by more than 300 academics. After describing the ranking and the main arguments for its boycott, essential contributions to the discussion about the ranking and its boycott are presented and commented. Thereby it is shown that in particular the low practical relevance of this ranking is an argument against its boycott, for which this relevance has been exaggerated and by which it has even been increased a little bit. Therefore one should better criticise this ranking in detail or ignore it instead of a boycott.