CEBMa Newsletter Spring 2019

Dear reader

Welcome to our Spring 2019 newsletter! 

We hope you didn't get too cold during the winter and that you are enjoying the warmth of the Spring. So far it's been a crazy busy first quarter and we're excited to share new activities and developments that are happening here at CEBMa.

In this newsletter we introduce our new course modules (which brings the total number to 12), a new global initiative, a new REA, two CATs, and two new publications. But maybe the best news is: already more than 50 universities and business schools teach EBM!

Happy reading!

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board

CEBMa's Online Course Modules Now Available (some of them for free)

Although evidence based management (EBM) sounds straightforward, gathering, understanding and applying evidence requires a particular set of skills and practical knowledge. Our online course modules will develop your EBM skills and enhance your understanding of how an evidence-based approach can support your organization’s decision-making and management practice.

The course modules cover all six steps of evidence-based management. CEBMa’s mission is ‘helping people in organizations make better decisions’. In line with our mission, we have made two course modules freely accessible online. These two open & free modules will introduce you to the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based management.

You can find information about how to access the modules here >>

New Initiative:

Informed Management Choices

In 2013 The Informed Health Choices project was launched. The aim of this project was to enable people to think critically about health claims. The first step in the project was to develop a list of Key Concepts that people need to understand when claims about the effects of medical treatments are made. 

It turned out, however, that most of the Key Concepts are also relevant to judging claims in the realm of education, agriculture, economics, environmental protection, international development, management, nutrition, policing, social welfare, etc. For this reason, a meeting with people working in all of those fields was held in Oxford in December 2018. CEBMa's Eric Barends participated in this meeting. 

A summary of the consensus that was reached will be published in Nature later this year. In addition, the Key Concepts will be made available on a new “That’s a Claim” website.

Although the website is still under construction, you can take a peek here >>

Rapid Evidence Assessment On Drivers Of Unethical Workplace Behaviour

Workplace ethics have never been long out of the public spotlight over recent years. Following various workplace scandals, attention has turned to reforming corporate governance, increasing regulation and raising industry standards, and how to build better business cultures. Despite this, corporate scandal persists, and trust in businesses continues to be eroded by issues such as executive pay.

In order to gain a better understanding of the individual, organizational, and contextual drivers of unethical workplace behavior, the CIPD and CEBMa conducted a review of the scientific literature. The full report can be downloaded here from the CIPD website.

 The technical report (REA) can be downloaded from CEBMa's website here >> 


Want To Know What The Evidence Is For ...? Do A CAT!

In our EBM courses we teach students to conduct a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT):  a structured, short (3-4 pages max) summary of the scientific evidence on a topic of interest. Basically, a CAT is like a “quick and dirty” version of a systematic review, summarising the best available research evidence on a topic. Of course, a CAT is not perfect - often concessions are made in relation to the breadth and depth of the search process, as a consequence, some relevant studies may have been missed. But a CAT gives you a good impression of the scientific evidence and thus helps you to make a more informed decision.

So how good are CATs conducted by students? After all, most students have no previous experience or knowledge regarding searching and critically appraising scientific studies, and the duration of our courses is only a few days. Well, judge for yourself - below are two CATs conducted by students from NYU Wagner.

CAT #1: Personality Type And Performance

Employers and HR departments often invest time and money in conducting personality assessments and make decisions based on their results. However, the connection between personality and performance is not always clear or logical. For this reason, Annie Gurvis, NYU Wagner student, conducted a CAT to see whether there is a positive (and practically relevant) relationship between these two variables.

You can download Annie's CAT here >>

CAT #2: Commute Time And Employee Productivity

NYU Wagner student Dough Voight's CAT departs from a more personal experience:

"At a previous workplace, my manager found a position at a different college. While we worked together, both of us had shared similar commute times of approximately an hour and fifteen minutes. My manager’s new position cut her commute down to fifteen minutes. I remember the excitement on her face when she described having two extra hours in her day. In my own work experience, I have found that my commute can affect my overall mood and effort from time to time. This CAT was conducted to determine if the length of commute effects overall productivity in employees."

You can download Dough's CAT here >>

Already More Than 50 Universities And Business Schools Teach EBM!

Question - What do these educational institutions have in common: Dublin City University, Goldsmiths University of London, University of Prince Edward Island, Australian National University, Sobey School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, SYNC Business School, Nyenrode Business School, Copenhagen Business School ...?

Yes, you guessed it right, they all offer one or more courses in which elements of evidence based management are taught. In fact, we identified more than 50 universities that teach EBM. You can find the latest overview here >>

CEBMa is in the process of setting up an "EBM Teachers Network" that meets regularly online, providing opportunities to share advice, expertise and experience. If you teach (elements of) evidence based management in your course - or you know of colleagues who do ...

... please contact us so we can add you to the list.

New Publications By CEBMa Fellows

Our 100+ fellows are very active people - as a result, many papers on EBM are published in scientific journals and popular magazines. Most of these publications are available through the CEBMa website (yes, even when they are behind a paywall). Below are two publications that we thought you might be interested in.

The Basics of Evidence-Based Practice

So you think you know what Evidence Based Management is? Read this excellent article in HR People & Strategy by Rob Briner and think again 

 Download the paper here >> 


Making Evidence-Based Organizational Decisions

In An Uncertain World

You are probably familiar with the research on cognitive biases in individual judgment, expertly described in Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow. In this paper published in Organizational Dynamics Denise Rousseau focuses on decision making practices that can reduce errors in judgment and improve the quality of information considered.

From Our Friends from ScienceForWork:


Trust in Leadership - A Key Factor During Organizational Change

Our friends from ScienceForWork have published a new evidence summary based on several meta-analyses. Some key points are:

- Trust in leadership helps organizational change because it can create a collaborative environment where people share their knowledge

- Employees who trust their leaders may feel more committed, more satisfied, and more likely to stay

- Leaders can build trust by making processes fair and transparent, treating people equally, and allocating resources in an equitable way

You can read the full summary here >>


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And Finally - Don't Forget: Our Book Is Now Available Through All Major Book Sellers!

Our book was published Sept 2018 and is available for sale through all major booksellers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kogan Page.

The book can be used as a ‘textbook’ for universities and business schools, as well as a ‘management book’ for individual managers, leaders, and consultants. But first and foremost, it is a ‘How To’ book. It is meant to be used not just read.


Write A Review Of Our Book And Get A Copy For Free!

write a review of our book on Amazon, your blog, a magazine, or elsewhere. If you do this we will reimburse your costs and/or send you a free copy.

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