The governor of Missouri has called for an investigation into the validity of rankings that prominently featured the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s business school. Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to the university’s Board of Curators after an investigation by The Kansas City Star revealed previously undisclosed relationships between the university and the two authors of a study that ranked the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as No. 1 in the world in innovation management research.
The university released a statement on Thursday that disputed the newspaper’s findings: “We have not violated the public trust; we say this with confidence, based on multiple reviews of these issues conducted in academic circles long before The Kansas City Star became involved—reviews that found these criticisms to be without merit.”