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# Etymology of M7

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21 Jun 2007, 09:10
I get the 7 part, there's seven schools, but the "M"?? Main? Magnificent? Mega? Moola?
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21 Jun 2007, 09:21
It stands for Main.
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21 Jun 2007, 10:05
gmatclb wrote:
It stands for Main.

See, and I always heard people say it was Magnificent

I like the sound of Magnificent more
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21 Jun 2007, 10:15
Sounds like a comic-book crime fighting force doesn't it, the Magnificent Seven?
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21 Jun 2007, 10:17
Come on now! You can't forget Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054047/
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21 Jun 2007, 10:23
does anybody use that term but applicants?
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21 Jun 2007, 10:47
dabots wrote:
does anybody use that term but applicants?

No. But the schools do give some backup to the cluster by, well, clustering together. Basically the M7 schools consider the other schools in the M7 their equals to a certain extent.

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21 Jun 2007, 11:01
lepium wrote:
dabots wrote:
does anybody use that term but applicants?

No. But the schools do give some backup to the cluster by, well, clustering together. Basically the M7 schools consider the other schools in the M7 their equals to a certain extent.

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I think it was part of some kind of urban legend that the deans meet annually in some kind of summit. suppose it might be true, but probably just more urban legend stuff..
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21 Jun 2007, 11:08
I don't think it's any sort of active collusion, but I definitely got the feel that school officials keep their competitive rankings at the front of their minds at all times.

For example, I attended a reception for Columbia in the Bay Area. The dean of admissions made several references to Stanford (a fellow ultra-elite) when talking about alternatives, but made no mention at all of Berkeley. The omission was particularly conspicuous because Columbia actually has a number of joint programs with Haas. It was clear that she wanted to limit the pool of competing schools when describing Columbia. All part of the marketing game I guess.

I remember reading an article some time ago talking about competitive marketing. #1 in any market never mentions the competition, while #2 frequently makes comparisons to #1. The examples used, as I recall, were Pepsi always targeting Coke with their marketing (Pepsi challenge, new generation, etc.); and Miller always targeting Bud. The opposite is almost never true.
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21 Jun 2007, 11:12
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well the schools meet, or at least officers from the schools, don't know if that includes the deans.

but they get together with also LBS Insead and IMD...
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21 Jun 2007, 17:08
I had heard that it derived its name from the MBA Global Career Form.

Interestingly, there's a MBA7 group on LinkedIn.

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.c ... ess+School
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24 Jun 2007, 20:38
Hmmm

It says they added 3 more schools to the list. Anyone know which 3?
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25 Jun 2007, 04:49
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Hmmm

It says they added 3 more schools to the list. Anyone know which 3?

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25 Jun 2007, 18:18
'Main' sounds so much more pretentious than 'magnificent.'

I remember some law firms did, and I think some still do, list Harvard Law school as, "The Law School."

wow.
25 Jun 2007, 18:18
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