31 January 2002 | Mark Whitehead
British university business schools offering teaching in purchasing and supply management figure prominently in a list of the world's top 100 MBA programmes.
All but eight of the first 30 universities in the Financial Times MBA2002 list are in the US, with the University of Pennsylvania in top position.
In joint 36th place - behind the London Business School, the University of Cambridge's Judge Institute of Management and the University of Oxford's Said Business School - is Warwick Business School. Cranfield School of Management is in 44th place.
In joint 89th position are the University of Bath School of Management and the University of Durham Business School, both of which have CIPS-sponsored chairs in purchasing and supply management.
Professor Christine Harland, director of the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply at the School of Management, University of Bath, said: "It's very pleasing to see that the universities which are recognised as increasing the teaching of supply management are also featuring well in their ratings of MBAs.
"Students taking MBAs can now expect to graduate with greater knowledge of purchasing and supply than they would have 10 years ago."
The list is compiled using factors such as salaries paid three years after graduation, career progress, the number of working languages required of students and recommendations from alumni.
• Warwick Business School has set up a supply strategy research unit to co-ordinate its supply chain management research projects.