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CEBMa Newsletter Spring 2021

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Dear Eric

We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Although the US, UK, Australia and most parts of Europe are finally saying goodbye to months of lockdown restrictions, the Covid-19 outbreak is still active in other parts of the world. And although vaccination is ramping up, most of our members are still waiting for their turn.

This issue of our newsletter contains information about upcoming virtual jamborees, two REAs, our certified EBMgt course, and new CEBMa benefits for members, along with blogposts, academic publications, and podcast from our Fellows.

Stay Safe and Happy Reading!
Eric Barends and Denise Rousseau
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Join Our Virtual Jamboree for EBM

Practitioners, Teachers, or Researchers!

Are you a practitioner who applies the principles of Evidence-Based Management in daily practice? Or a teacher who teaches elements of EBMgt? Or maybe an academic who conducts research on topics relevant to EBMgt? Would you like to share ideas and learn from other EBMgt colleagues? Then sign up for one of our online EBMgt Jamborees. We will host a Zoom meeting on:

Practitioners
June 11 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Sept 10 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET

Teachers
June 18 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Sept 17 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET

Researchers
July 2 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET
Oct 15 - from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET

If you want to join us, send us an email or let us know here >>
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New REA: What Is Known In The Scientific Literature

About Managers' Optimal Span Of Control?

Chances are your organization is involved in several initiatives to enhance its performance. Reconsidering managers' span of control, the total number of direct subordinates a manager supervises, is often part of such initiatives. Although larger organizations tend to have wider spans of control than smaller organizations, it is often assumed that there is an 'ideal' number of subordinates per manager. For this reason, Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company that takes an evidence based approach towards leading and managing its workforce, approached CEBMa to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to understand what is known in the scientific literature about this topic

You can download the REA here >>
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A Ph.D. in Evidence-based Management?

2022 Admission Now Open!

Are you an evidence-based professional with a master's degree? Did you ever consider getting your Ph.D.? The VU University of Amsterdam provides a unique Ph.D. program in Evidence-based Management that develops practitioner/scholars through training in systematic reviews and field work in organizations. Applicants must have an MSc or equivalent in social science and five years of industry experience. Requirements include completion of two approved Campbell reviews, one as team lead and another as team member, and a field study investigating conditions of practice. Course work will combine face-to-face and distributed methods. The VU program is supported by the Campbell Collaboration and CEBMa to ensure that candidates' work meets international standards.

Contact Denise Rousseau for details here >>
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Podcast: How Can We Take A More Evidence-Based Approach To Professional Learning & Development?

With resources stretched and organizations under more pressure than ever, Learning & Development interventions are increasing in importance. So what does the scientific evidence say? In this podcast by Brain For Business, CEBMa fellow Claire Gubbins of Dublin City University discusses how practitioners can draw on the scientific evidence in order to take a more evidence-based approach to Learning & Development.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts >>
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All CEBMa's REAs Now Available For Professional Members ...

In the past years CEBMa has conducted a large number of Rapid Evidence Assessments (REAs) on topics as varied as financial incentives, psychological safety, diversity and inclusion, organizational culture, performance feedback, leadership, mental wellbeing, and knowledge worker performance. As a professional member of CEBMa, you have access to all our REAs. You can freely use the REAs for professional and/or educational purposes, as long as you acknowledge the organization(s) that funded it.

You can find more about CEBMa membership here >>
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... But Soon All Our REAs Will Be Publicly Available Through The CIPD!

So you are not a professional member of CEBMa, but you still would like to have access to our REAs? Now worries, several of our REAs are already publicly available through the CIPD website, including the REA on Employee Resilience below. But we’ve got news for you: soon CIPD (the professional body for people managers in the UK) will publish all our evidence reviews (REAs and CATs) making them publicly available through their website!
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Podcast: How To Make Better Decisions Using Evidence-Based Practice

We have access to more information than ever. Yet, most of our decisions are based on guesses, gut feelings, and old/outdated information. Why? Because we seldom take time to gather and understand the evidence behind our decisions—even the important ones. The gap between available information and the decisions we take is simply too wide - in our private lives, as well as in organizations. In this podcast by What Monkeys Do CEBMa's scientific director Rob Briner explains how we can make better informed decisions with better outcomes.

Listen on Apple Podcast >>
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New REA: Employee Resilience

It is widely believed that employees who are ‘resilient’ are better able to cope with stress, organizational change, and adverse events. As a result, it is assumed that those employees are not only likely to deliver better performance, but also to be more committed, satisfied, and healthier. Although this belief is widely held, it is yet unclear whether it is supported (or contradicted) by scientific evidence. For this reason, the CIPD approached CEBMa to undertake a review of the research literature to learn more about the evidence on employee resilience. The REA is publicly availably through the CIPD website,
you can download the REA here >>
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Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment

Management decisions, judicial sentences, medical diagnoses: these are judgment calls people make every day, imperfectly. As an evidence-based decision-maker you already know what the problem is here: cognitive bias. In his new book Daniel Kahneman draws attention to another source of error: noise.

"Bias is the average error in judgments. If you look at many judgments, and errors in those judgments all follow in the same direction, that is bias. By contrast, noise is the variability of error. If you look at many judgments, and the errors in those judgments follow in many different directions, that is noise."
We seldom recommend a book, but we do recommend Noise. If you would first like to know more about this topic, then listen to New York Times' Sway podcast, in which Kara Swisher talks to Daniel Kahneman about how companies and individuals can reduce noise.

You can listen to the podcast here >>
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Join ScienceForWork and Make Work Better!

Our friends from ScienceForWork, a worldwide science communication non-profit, is on a mission to make the science of the workplace more accessible for practitioners and leaders. They are looking for contributors to find, evaluate, and summarize research relevant to employees and employers.


If you (or a friend or colleague) would like to learn more about joining their team,

please visit this FAQ >>
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