Up until 1979, Multiple Discriminant Analysis (MDA) was the primary multivariate methodological approaches to ratio-based modelling of corporate collapse. However, as new statistical tools became available, researchers started testing them with the primary objective of deriving models that would at least do as good a job as MDA, but that rely on fewer assumptions. Regardless of which methodological approach was chosen, most were compared to MDA. This paper analyses 84 studies on ratio based modelling of corporate collapse over the period 1968 to 2004. The results indicate that when MDA was not the primary methodology it was the benchmark of choice for comparison; thereby, demonstrating its importance as a foundation multivariate methodological approach in signalling corporate collapse.