GSB overtaking HBS?
So it seems pretty clear that GSB and HBS are in their own league at the top of business schools. But I'm curious to hear some thoughts on the notion that GSB is starting to separate itself from HBS as the new leader. Here are some of the supporting comments I've heard:
GSB is clearly more selective. Many assume that if you got into GSB, you also got into HBS. However, the reverse is not true.
HBS has been slow to adapt. It is such a large, old organization that it has failed to keep up with the GSB in adapting with the changing times. HBS has been trying to adapt and jump on the tech and entrepreneurship wave, but is not as flexible as GSB (HBS leaders have mentioned this issue)
HBS used to lead the pack in finance placement; however, we now see GSB placing a higher portion of its class into finance, and, because of its small size, those students are going to the best firms out there
GSB has leveraged a unique culture that appeals to a wider audience. There's the notion that HBS continues to stress a competitive academic environment (grading on a curve, disclosing grades, case study participation, etc), whereas the GSB promotes a collaborative culture that stresses career preparation, personal growth, and network development over the traditional "academics-first" mindset. This also speaks to HBS' lack of flexibility. Students wonder why they'd want to endure the rigor of the HBS experience if GSB flaunts a more student-friendly environment while also maintaining the same (or higher) standard of excellence.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Are these points valid? Which school would you choose?