CEBMa Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear reader

Welcome to our Spring 2018 newsletter! 

We hope you all had a great Easter break. Here at CEBMa we have all been very busy, as a result we have lots of information to share with you: the publication of our book, meeting of the evidence-based tribe in Chicago, free CEBMa coaching, 2 CATs, 1 REA and 1 evidence summary.

Happy reading!

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board

Coming Out in August: CEBMa's Book on Evidence-Based Management

YES! We're happy to announce our book will come out in August 2018! So, what kind of book is it? Well, the book can be used as a ‘textbook’ for universities and business schools, as well as a ‘management book’ for managers, leaders, and consultants. And scholars may gain insights into fundamental decision processes.  But first and foremost, it is a ‘How To’ book. It is meant to be used not just read. For this reason, we have incorporated checklists and flowcharts useful in daily practice. 

We hope this book gets a privileged spot on your desk or bookshelf to be consulted whenever an important decision is made. 

And ... A Big Thank You To Our 30+ Proofreaders!

We want to thank David Creelman, John Zanardelli, Sandy Mehalko, Mrs. Walker, Wendy Hirsh, Courtney Bigony, Jageshwar(Jag) Sungkur, Arjan Haring, Laura Fennimore, Vincent Cassar, Luca Bugelli, Christian Criado-Perez, Joe Moore, Peter West, Gergely Németh, Marijn Van Cauwenberghe, Darryl Howes, Sue Gerrard, Judith Zielstra, Ian Moorhouse, Sergio Ribeiro, Blake Jelley, and especially Pietro Marenco, for their thoughtful feedback. We hope they can see the difference they made in the final product.

New REA: What are the drivers for sales performance?

If you search the Internet for 'sales performance', you get an endless list of pages with tips and claims on how to boost your company's sales performance. Most of this advice comes from consulting firms of self-proclaimed experts. So, how do you know which of these tips and claims are evidence-based?

The departments of Compensation & Benefits and Sales Performance Management for ista International GmbH, a leading global consultancy for energy-efficient buildings, wanted to find out, so they approached CEBMa to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment of the scientific literature.

You can download ista's REA here >>

Evidence-Based Bootcamp at ANU – the antidote to a world of increasing ‘fake news’

Our MD Eric Barends has visited the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra as part of a bootcamp for 80 students embarking on their postgraduate studies, including students enrolled in the new evidence-based Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

ANU is the first university in the world to offer an MBA program that incorporates the principles of Evidence-Based Management. The MBA was designed with the help of CEBMa.

Read more about ANU's initiative and the need for evidence-based MBAs here >>

 Evidence-Based Management: How To Teach & Practice

Not signed up yet? Come on, join our international gathering of evidence-based managers, teachers and other professionals on August 9 in Chicago! If you would like to make a contribution (e.g. give a presentation or run a workshop), please let us know.

You can register (for free) here >>

CAT: The Myth of Generational Differences in the Workplace

Employees from different generation groups are said not to have the same work ethics, or expectations and values about organizations, or goals and aspirations in their working life. However, is this assumption supported by scientific evidence?

To find out, Atrain, a global HR Management consulting firm based in Germany, approached CEBMa to conduct a CAT in order to understand what is known in the scientific literature about generational differences.

You can download Atrain's CAT here >> 


Proud To Have Hosted The First Campbell Review Training For Management & Business: 20 Participants From 10 Countries

In our last last newsletter, we told you about the Campbell Coordinating group for systematic reviews in the field of management. In the past weeks several potential reviewers were trained in Pittsburgh and Amsterdam. In the coming year, volunteers affiliated to CEBMa will conduct systematic reviews on topics such as the effect of financial incentives, empowerment, ethnic diversity, coaching, and 360-degree feedback

To conduct these systematic reviews we need volunteers. So, if you have an MSc or comparable degree, and are interested in evidence-based practice, please contact us >>

Oh, and did we mention that doing a systematic review is a great start to a getting a PhD?


CAT: What's the effect of negative feedback on performance?

In life as in much in work, we all give feedback. Often the feedback is positive - for example when we praise someone for a job well done - but sometimes feedback is negative. According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, however, negative feedback rarely leads to improvement. But hey, what do they know?

In an effort to better understand whether or not negative feedback leads to improved performance, NYU student Cinnamon St John has taken a look at the scientific evidence.

You can find Cinnamon's CAT here >>


Jeffrey Pfeffer's New Book: 

Dying For A Paycheck

Based on a recent survey, it is estimated that job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion annually and may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year. In China it's even worse: one million people a year may be dying from overwork. 

In his new book, CEBMa founding member and Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to demonstrate that management practices sometimes literally sicken and kill their employees. 

Watch this video with Jeffrey Pfeffer explaining about the costs to you and the company you work for - and how making changes could be good for both >>

Join CEBMa's Hangout Coaching Session on Sunday April 29

Join CEBMa's bi-monthly coaching sessions through Google Hangout.

You can find the dates & topics here >>

From Our Friends from Science For Work: 

Job Characteristics Contributing to Employee Turnover

Our friends from Science for Work have published a new evidence summary based on a recent meta-analyses of more than 300 studies. Key points are:

• Some job characteristics contribute to employee turnover. If it is particularly challenging to keep a position filled, look at it from a job (re)design perspective.

• To identify roles for which turnover may be high, investigate these five job characteristics: task and skill variety, task identity, significance, autonomy, and feedback.


With some resources and ideas, you can screen for these roles and have a go at enriching them. Pay attention to how people talk about the job, and try changing these messages too.

You can read the full summary here >>


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