CEBMa Newsletter Summer 2017

Dear reader

Welcome to our summer 2017 newsletter! We hope the start of the summer finds you well. 

Yes, we know, it has only been two months since our last newsletter, but there has been a lot of activity at CEBMa recently, so we have lots of information (and new resources) to share with you.

Happy reading!

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board


Extra Places Available for CEBMa's 3-Day Course On Evidence-Based HR Management.

In our last newsletter we announced our open course in Belgium. This course aims to develop your evidence-based skills and enhance your understanding of how an evidence-based approach can be used to support organizational decision-making. In addition, the courses will provide evidence-based insights on relevant HR topics. We have can now confirm we have a limited number of extra places available!

• Date: Sept 28, 29 & Oct 12

• Venue: Thagaste, Academiestraat 1, Ghent

• Teachers: Rob Briner, Frederik Anseel, Denise Rousseau

You can find more information here >>

CEBMa Has Its Own YouTube Channel

CEBMa has set up a YouTube channel which provides a wide range of videos on evidence-based practice and related topics. The videos are short and easy to understand. Some of the topics include "How to critically appraise research-based claims", "Asking questions", "Cognitive biases", and several interviews with CEBMa fellows, such as Rob Briner, Denise Rousseau, Jeffrey Pfeffer, and Gary Latham. 

You can find our YouTube channel here >>

 Methodological Search Filters

One of the challenges when searching for empirical studies is separating the wheat from the chaff: retrieving only studies which use a specific research method. For example, when searching for studies examining the effect of a certain intervention on a particular outcome, we would prefer systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and studies that use a controlled or longitudinal design.

However, unlike medical databases (e.g. PubMed), research databases in the realm of social and organizational sciences often don’t provide methodological search filters that can limit the outcome of your search. For this reason, CEBMa has developed a filter that will help you identifying systematic reviews, meta-analysis and studies with a controlled and/or longitudinal design.

You can find the search filters here >>

CAT Of The Month: Does Police Traffic Enforcement Result In Safer Roads? 

For many people, the term ‘police officer’ is synonymous with the uncomfortable feeling of being pulled-over for committing a traffic infraction. Although the exact number of motor vehicle stops is unknown, this is one of the most common ways for police to interact with the citizens they have sworn to protect. The underlying assumption has always been that issuing motorists a ticket for violating the traffic safety laws would deter future violations and would result in safer roads for all. Recent events in the United States however, have called that assumption into question, suggesting instead that traffic law enforcement has simply been used as a means of generating revenue for cash-strapped municipalities. 

In an effort to better understand whether or not there is indeed a connection between enforcement of traffic laws and roadway safety, NYU student (and evidence-based police officer) Stuart Greer has taken a look at the scientific evidence.

You can download Stuart's CAT here >> 

CEBMa’s Manual On How To Search For Relevant Studies In Online Databases

When we search for empirical studies we first look for studies in peer-reviewed journals. In the past, this meant asking an academic or a business librarian for titles of journals that would most likely publish studies relevant to your question, and then going to the library and sifting through tens to hundreds of issues until you found a sufficient number of studies.  Nowadays a visit to the library is no longer necessary, because most published research is retrievable through the Internet. In addition, online research databases make it possible to simultaneously conduct a search in thousands of peer-reviewed journals.

To bring evidence from the scientific literature into your decisions, however, you need to know how to search for empirical studies in online research databases. For this reason CEBMa has written a manual that explains the skills necessary to successfully conduct a systematic, transparent and verifiable search.

You can download CEBMa's Search Manual here >>

How Banks Make (Bad) Decisions

Banks (and related part of the financial sector) are a critically important part of the economy. Modern economies would simply not be able to exist without them. However, banking is a sector that has been greatly challenged over the last decade. The bailouts of much of the banking sector during the Great Financial Crisis lead to a many in-depth investigations of the decisions that ultimately lead to huge losses and the de-stabilisation of the financial sector. 

To help understand how banks make decisions, we have started interviewing people who are familiar with how banks make decisions at senior levels. Our initial volunteers for interviews are a leading banker (Kevin Rodgers – former head of Deutsche Bank’s FX business), an academic (Professor Helen Drummond an international authority on management decision making) and the chairman of a leading think tank (Michael Mainelli of Z/Yen). All interviewees have provided highly insightful and honest answers to our questions, which anyone who cares about making better banks should read.

You can find the interviews here >>


Pay A Visit To Our Friends From Science For Work.


Science For Work (SFW) was set up in 2014 by a group of Italian I/O Psychology students and alumni. Inspired by the concept of evidence-based practice they decided to help bridge the science-practice gap by summarizing relevant research findings in plain English. Every month, the SFW team identifies and selects meta-analyses on topics relevant to managers, critically evaluates its trustworthiness, and then summarizes its findings and implications for practice in a 5-minutes reading.  Here are some of the SWF summaries we think you should read:

• Generational differences at work. Myth or reality?

• Effective virtual teams – The big picture

• Mental Health: Workplace Interventions that do good, and those that do harm

• Emotional intelligence can predict performance – but not as well as you might think

In addition, the SFW team (most of them are members or fellows of CEBMa) frequently publishes interviews with managers, consultants and business leaders who take an evidence approach to decision-making.

You can find SFWs website here >>

CEBMa's REA Guideline Now Available!

In our classes at universities and business schools we teach students how to conduct a Critically Appraised Topic, also known as a CAT. A CAT may be a good way to get a quick impression of the available scientific evidence on a managerial topic, but it may be lacking the rigor needed to address a question that might have an impact on the organization as a whole. Because of these practical limitations, some organizations choose to conduct a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) instead. An REA provides a balanced assessment of what is known (and not known) in the scientific literature about an intervention, problem or practical issue by using a systematic methodology to search and critically appraise empirical studies.

To help organizations to conduct an REA that meets CEBMA’s quality standards we have developed a guideline that describes in detail the steps of the REA process.

You can download our REA Guideline here >>


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