QuoteOriginally posted by: mynetselftwofish -> But this is also true for, say, universities. Not every single studying program is the best in the world at, say, Harvard, but people still prefer to read Harvard on the CV vs. some other place.They actually don't. Harvard wants you to think that people will kiss your feet if you go to Harvard, but they have a financial interest in making you think that. People that go to big name places do have some advantages, but it's really important to understand what those advantages are. QuoteEven though in the "other" Uni there might be an exceptionally brilliant person, maybe even a future Harvard professor. And this is what I'm interested in understanding.Sure, but first you have to understand the hiring process, how people read resumes, how campus recruitment works, and generally why things work the way that they do. You are asking the question assuming that things work a certain way when they in fact don't.For example, the first priority of an employer is *NOT* to hire the most brilliant person in the room. The first priority of an employer is to avoid hiring someone totally incompetent, and one thing about the big name B-schools is that while you have no clue whether or not a graduate is freaking brilliant, you are reasonably sure that they aren't totally incompetent. Also employers go to big name universities for people, in the same way that most people go to Best Buy to get big screen T.V.'s.Also you are vastly overgeneralizing. Different companies look for different things, and details matter.