It seems that the popularity of reality television shows has encouraged other activities to become competitive.

That was certainly the case with the final teach-off in the Business Professor of the Year Awards, held on Thursday evening at Hult International Business School.

Is competitive teaching a strange idea? Not according to Professor John Beck, the man who dreamed up the event a year ago.

“Teaching is always competitive,” he says.

“All professors get ratings and the ratings are always relative. If you’re in with a weak group you’re going to get better ratings than if you were with a strong group.”

Prof Vijay Sethi, from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the eventual winner of the $100,000 (£66,250) prize, disagrees.

By Anthony Reuben, Business reporter, BBC News. Read the full article on