Dear Friend of CEBMa
The Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa) is excited to share its first quarterly newsletter with you to offer a closer look at CEBMa activities and more in-depth information on the subject of evidence-based practice (EBP). Our goal is to advance the understanding of EBP as well as provide you with CEBMa developments, EBP practitioner experiences, and EBP expert insights.
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Eric Barends, managing director
Denise Rousseau, chair academic board
For many years, a lot of research has been published on topics relevant to management practice, yet managers generally gain knowledge on the job or by means other than academic journals. As a result, they are often not aware of available scientific evidence that could be relevant to their work. Furthermore, those who are will find they have access to very few well-executed evidence summaries.
Thus, CEBMa is committed to making summaries available on the most trustworthy scientific research on topics relevant to management practice.
The annual meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) in Philadelphia on August 2, 2014 provides a forum for sharing research and expertise in all management disciplines. Academics and managers come together to share knowledge and ideas through presentations, panels, symposia, and workshops. CEBMa plans to hold its very own Evidence-Based Management event for practitioners, teachers, and academics.
It will be a perfect opportunity to share your EBMgt-related project results, teaching experiences, and initiatives promoting evidence-based practice in organizations. Or just come and meet people in the EBMgt network.
CEBMa provides workshop support to management professionals. We focus on how to locate and research scientific articles in online databases and, more importantly, how to critically appraise findings. Lately, we have heard from a lot of companies and non-profit organizations who ask that we conduct searches for them and critically appraise the evidence we find.
Although our main goal is to enable professionals to search and critically evaluate research findings themselves, we understand that in some instances, this may not be possible. These assessments can be time-consuming, hard to access, and expensive.
As a result, we now actively support organizations with what’s called a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA). REAs gather the best available scientific evidence on a specific topic or question within a limited time frame (usually a few weeks) and critically evaluate it.
Our mission is simple – to make management decisions based on the best available evidence a common workplace practice. To help make this knowledge widely available, we are developing online learning modules. These modules will help practitioners to develop skills necessary to critically evaluate evidence gathered from multiple sources. They are also available to academics and others who wish to teach evidence-based practice.
Although most EBP topics are part of the curricula of universities and other educational institutions, many managers lack a basic understanding of how the evidence can help them in their daily practice. With this in mind, we decided to develop online learning modules for management professionals, teachers, and students across the globe.
It’s clear that EBP is important in many occupations and is used to support important decisions in all of them. But what can evidence-based managers learn from their more experienced colleagues in other disciplines?
To find out, Eric Barends, CEBMa managing director and Rob Briner, University of Bath professor of Organizational Psychology at the School of Management and vice chair of CEBMa’s Academic Council, attended a one-day workshop at the University of Edinburgh Business School to share experiences with EBP experts in medicine, education, and public policy.
Here’s a report by event organizer Dr. Céline Rochon, a Fellow in Human Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh and member of CEBMa’s EBMgt Collaborative.
The concept of evidence-based practice originated in the field of medicine over 20 years ago. What is less known is that evidence-based practice started as a teaching method, developed at McMaster University in Canada. So, how did the EBP-movement start? What were the challenges?
To find out, we spoke to Gordon Guyatt, the person who coined the term ‘evidence-based medicine’ in1991.
A Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) is a concise summary (2 – 3 pages max) of the research evidence on a practical question / problem with short, bottom-line recommendations. This month’s CAT is about leadership training:
"To what extent will leadership training improve the effectiveness of leaders (e.g. managers, executives), and what are the characteristics of effective leadership training programs?"
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