CEBMa Newsletter Fall 2020

Dear reader


We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. Unfortunately the Covid-19 outbreak is still active in most parts of the world, creating stressors for caregivers and the public alike.

CEBMa continues to support universities by making our online learning modules available at reduced cost. Online learning seems here to stay, so we expect that the number of universities using our modules will increase in 2021.

This issue of our newsletter contains information about our Practitioner Jamboree, Online Courses and a new REA, CAT, and six new publications.

Happy reading and stay safe!


Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board


Over 80 Universities And Business Schools Teach Evidence Based Management!

CEBMa's mission is Helping People in Organizations Make Better Decisions. To accomplish this, our strategy is to educate current and future manager/leaders how to take an evidence-based approach to organizational decisions. This strategy is paying off. In fact, more than 80 universities and business schools currently teach aspects of evidence-based management. Several, the Australian National University, Dublin City University, and Sobey School of Business, have integrated EBMgt in their MBA program. In addition, individual lecturers around the world teach principles of EBMgt in their classes. This means that every year thousands of management students and practitioners learn the skills for systematically using evidence in their decisions. Now isn't that something to celebrate!

You can find an overview of all universities and business schools here >>

REA: What Factors And Interventions Enhance Inclusive Behavior?

Chances are you work at an organization that takes diversity and inclusion very seriously. Or if you are a consultant, your clients are. In fact, here at CEBMa we noticed that in the past five years, diversity and inclusion (D&I) has become one of the most important topics for managers and organizations. As a result, the Internet is full with guru's, consulting firms, and self-proclaimed experts offering tips, models, and guidelines on how to increase D&I in the workplace. But how evidence-based are these tips, models, and guidelines? What is known in the research literature about the factors and interventions that enhance employees’ inclusive behaviour?

Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company with more than 125,000 employees that not only takes an evidence based approach towards developing medicines but also to leading and managing their 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 >>

Join Our Virtual 'Practicing Evidence Based Management' Jamboree


Speaking of networking, are you a practitioner who applies the principles of Evidence-Based Management in daily practice? Would you like to share ideas and learn from other EBMgt practitioners? Then sign up for CEBMa's online EB Practice Jamboree. We will host an Intergalactic Zoom Meeting on

January 14 (Thursday) from 10am to 12pm EST / 16:00 - 18:00 CET 

Here is our draft agenda:

• Meet & Greet Our Community of EBM practitioners
• Share & Learn: Cases & Applications
• Question Forum: What questions are on your mind? How can we help you?


If you want to join our jamboree, you can sign up here >>

CAT: What motivates people to work for an organization on a volunteer basis?

In her course Business and Organization Management at Colorado College, CEBMa fellow Christina Rader teaches her students principles evidence-based management. Students apply what they have learned in a real life project, for example by conducting a CAT on a topic relevant to the organization. Her students Jojo Jiang, Irina Ma, McKay Flanagan, Laura Vogelsang, and Camilla Gardner conducted a CAT on the recruitment and retention of volunteers. Given the fact that many organizations are dependent on volunteers, we thought it would be a good thing to share what they found.


You can download Jojo's, Irina's, McKay's, Laura's, and Camilla's CAT here >>

Evidence Based Networking?

Networking is an activity that is often experienced as unpleasant or shady. However,  networking is an important political skill that helps people advance in their careers and helps managers get things done. But what is the evidence that networking is effective? Two evidence-based superstars, Adam Grant from Wharton and Jeffrey Pfeffer from Stanford (we both love them dearly), have crossed swords about this topic in the past. While Adam claims that networking is overrated, Jeff begs to differ. This month Jeff offered a new dimension to the dispute, by claiming that professional networking is a critical skill for managers, even during the Covid crisis. And yes, of course, he supports his claim with evidence.

You can read Jeff's blog here >>

Did You Get A Certificate For Completing Our Course Modules? Add It To Your LinkedIn Profile!

Members of CEBMa have access to our online course modules. The modules are offered in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. If you complete all 15 modules and score 70% or higher on all assessment quizzes, you'll receive an official certificate from CEBMa and Carnegie Mellon. In addition, your name, professional profile, headshot, a link to your own website, and a copy of your certification will be visible in CEBMa’s Membership Directory.

But hey, did you know you can also add your CEBMa/CMU certificate to your LinkedIn profile? This way you demonstrate to employers, clients and peers that you are a trusted professional with evidence-based practice skills certified by CEBMa.

Learn more about CEBMa membership here >>

Promote Evidence Based Management!

Are you a friend or a member of CEBMa? Then you will agree that it is important to promote evidence-based practice, especially in the domain of management and organisations. After all, if people don't know there is such a thing as evidence based management - and what it entails - how can they improve their decision-making capabilities?

To give you some inspiration, here are some examples from CEBMa members

• Academic papers are hard to read, but our Fellow Lina Daouk-Öyry did an excellent job explaining what her research is about on YouTube.

Stefanie Nickel, CEBMa fellow and global head global head of Diversity & Inclusion at Sandoz promoted the use of Rapid Evidence Reviews and set up a community of evidence-based practice within Novartis. You can read about Stefanie's evidence-based journey here

Pietro Marenco, CEBMa fellow and director at ScienceForWork and his colleagues, developed the idea of 'Evidence Pills' > a short (1 minute) summary of the scientific evidence on a specific topic that can be shared through Twitter. Below is an example.

• Lisa Griffiths, CEBMa fellow and CEO of OzChild, felt it is important to promote evidence-based practice among leaders and decision makers in the domain of child welfare, so together with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare she set up a course on Evidence-based Decision Making for Leaders in Human Services

• Our fellow member Bob Greene wrote a piece on evidence-based management for the WorldatWork website ("Trust the Evidence, Not the Noise") and promoted it on LinkedIn.

• Our director Banking & Finance Martin Walker wrote a paper on the risks of cryptocurrencies, which was then picked up by the Financial Times "There’s very little evidence for blockchain, it turns out"

• And of course, Rob Briner, CEBMa's scientific director, avidly tweets about evidence-based management (and lots of other interesting stuff)

Are You a Teacher? Join Our EBM Teachers Network!

Are you teaching evidence-based management? Or do you you want to? Maybe you should join our EBM Teachers Network as it is THE place for everyone who teaches (elements of) evidence-based management. Here we share ideas about learning, insights on best practices, and teaching materials that you can use in your class. In addition, we frequently organize online discussions.

You can read more about the network (and sign up) here >>

A PhD In Evidence Based Management!

On Friday December 4 Tina SahakianPhD candidate at Tilburg University and the American University of Beirut, is expected to graduate. In this picture you can see Tina on the left and her supervisor (and CEBMa Fellow) Lina Daouk-Öyry holding her dissertation on the right. So, what is special about this PhD? Well, Tina's dissertation is on evidence-based management! Specifically, she has examined managers’ use of evidence in their decision making in hospital settings in Lebanon and the influence of individual and contextual factors on this process.

Tina, on behalf of all CEBMa staff, fellows, members & friends: Congratulations!

New Academic Publications


Enablers of evidence-based management: Clues from the absorptive capacity literatureA paper by our Fellow Christian Criado-Perez


Evidence-Based Management Competency Model for Managers in Hospital SettingsA paper by our Fellow Lina Daouk-Öyry.


What Can COVID-19 Tell Us About Evidence-Based Management?. A paper by Kaifeng Yang

• The Realist Rationality Of Evidence-Based ManagementA paper by or Fellow (and chair) Denise Rousseau


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