A Talk with Cranfield's Admissions Director

John Mapes, MBA admissions director at Britain's Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University, on what the school is looking for from applicants

Our guest on Jan. 28, 2002, was John Mapes, MBA admissions director at Britain's Cranfield School of Management at Cranfield University (the school appears in BusinessWeek's 2000 listing of second-tier, non-U.S. B-schools). Mapes joined Cranfield in 1971, after working in manufacturing at ICI and Clayton Dewandre. Since then, he has served as a senior lecturer in operations management at the school, and has been both the school's admissions director and director of its full-time MBA program. Mapes spoke with BusinessWeek Online reporter Mica Schneider. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation:

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