Cutthroats. Backstabbers. Dog-eat-dog. That’s how many view business school from the outside. Forget the team-driven, transformative ethos. MBA stands for “Me before another” – where sharp-elbowed Type-A climbers engage in a vicious and relentless battle for the top. In reality, there’s a place for that…it is called law school. Business school, however, is built on an altogether different model, where collaboration trumps combativeness. According to students, the University of Texas’ McCombs School offers the healthiest culture for students to work together, free of machinations and malcontents. Not surprisingly, Berkeley Haas – home of the Four Defining Principles – and Stanford GSB rank among the top schools here. Traditionally, large urban schools are associated with deep-rooted competitiveness. However, the high marks earned by MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Columbia Business School, and UCLA Anderson bring such old tales into doubt.