CEBMa Newsletter Autumn 2017

Dear reader

Welcome to our autumn 2017 newsletter! 

Yes, we know, it has been a while, and yes, it’s almost winter. But hey, we've been working hard to get our book published, and we were involved in a large number of activities. As a result we have lots of information to share with you: a 3-day course in London, a meet up in Chicago, a CAT of the Month, and a new online course module!

Happy reading!

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board


Join our 2+1 Day Course On EB-HR Management in London!

In our last newsletter we announced our open course in Belgium. As you can see in the picture above the course was well attended. We are pleased to announce that this course will be repeated in London on January 15 & 16 and February 2.

The 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 such as performance, talent, motivation, selection, etc.

We are also proud to announce that all our EBMgt courses in the UK will be organised by The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK. 

You can find more information here >>

Coming Soon: The EB-Management Quarterly

One of the challenges of evidence-based practice is the large amount of scientific studies: in the field of HR management alone, over 3,600 articles are published annually. For an HR manager to keep up, this means reading, understanding and remembering more than 10 articles every day (for a ‘general manager’ the number is more than 100).

For EBMgt to succeed, we therefore need evidence summaries of the most valid and relevant scientific research on a certain topic (eliminating the need for busy managers to read individual studies). For this reason, CEBMa is working on a quarterly publication that provides these summaries, such as CATs, REAs, systematic reviews and plain-English summaries of well-conducted meta-analyses.

Watch your mailbox, a trial issue will be send to you in the next month.

New Online Learning Module: Acquiring Scientific Evidence

To bring evidence from the scientific literature into your decisions, you need to know how to search for empirical studies in online research databases. For many people, however, searching for studies in a research database is a challenge. It is hard to find the right search terms, and the results are often flooded with a large number of irrelevant and low-quality studies.

To help you to improve your search skills CEBMa has developed a new online learning module that teaches you how to successfully conduct a systematic, transparent and verifiable search in online research databases such as ABI/INFORM Global, Business Source Premier and PsycINFO. The new module is offered through the website of Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI). 

You can access CEBMa's online learning modules here >> 


Evidence-Based Management: How To Teach And How To Apply

Join our international gathering of evidence-based managers, teachers and other professionals on August 9 in Chicago! Yes, we know… August is still far away, but we think that many CEBMa fellows & friends from all over the world will be interested to join this event, so we decided to make the announcement far in advance.

If you would like to make a contribution (e.g. give a presentation or run a workshop), please let us know.

You can order your (free) early bird tickets here >>

CAT Of The Month: Does Diversity Training Work?

Diversity training has been defined as “instructional programs aimed at facilitating positive intergroup interactions, reducing prejudice and discrimination, and enhancing the skills, knowledge, and motivation of participants to interact with diverse others”. Put differently, it aims to reduce people’s bias, prejudice and discrimination against others. The main goal of diversity training is to create a positive, inclusive work environment by helping employees to recognize and be tolerant of differences among co-workers. But does it work?

Atrain, a global HR Management consulting firm based in Germany that provides solutions based on empirical research, approached CEBMa to undertake CAT to understand what is known in the scientific literature about the effect of diversity training.

You can download Atrain's CAT here >>


Proofreaders Wanted For Our Book!

At CEBMa we are working hard to publish our book on how to practice evidence-based management that can be used as a ‘textbook’ for universities, business schools and other educational institutions, as well as a ‘management book’ that can be bought by managers, leaders, consultants and others interested in learning more about evidence-based practice and decision-making. The provisional title of the book is 'Evidence Based Management and Leadership: Making Better Decisions in Organisations'

We have now completed nine chapters and are working hard to finish the final three in the coming month. However, we want to practise what we preach, so we would really like you to proofread our draft chapters to see whether what we wrote makes sense. In return, we will send you a free copy of the book when it is published (Summer 2018).

If you are interested in becoming a proofreader, please contact us >> 


Managers' Attitudes and Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice 

An International Survey

EBMgt is still in its infancy. To facilitate its uptake, we need to better understand practitioner attitudes and perceived barriers relating to it. For this reason, CEBMa fellows surveyed 2,789 managers in Belgium, the Netherlands, the US, the UK and Australia. The results indicate that most managers have positive attitudes towards EBP. However, lack of time and a limited understanding of scientific research are perceived as major barriers to the uptake and implementation of EBP in management. Studies in other professions where EBP is far more established also report similar barriers, suggesting that managers hold perceptions and beliefs  that are more similar to those of professionals in other fields.

You can find all survey results here >>

Campbell Collaboration Launches Coordinating Group

for Systematic Reviews in The Field Of Management

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in education, crime and justice, public policy, and social welfare. In collaboration with CEBMa the Campbell Collaboration has now set up a coordinating group for systematic reviews in the field of management. In the coming years volunteers affiliated to CEBMa will conduct systematic reviews on topics such as the effect of

• financial incentives

• empowerment

• diversity and inclusion

• coaching

• 360-degree feedback

• unethical workplace behaviour

• your topic here

To conduct these systematic reviews we need volunteers to support us. So, if you have an MSc or comparable degree, are interested in evidence-based practice and doing relevant, practice-oriented research, please join us. Oh, and did we mention that doing a systematic review is a great start to a getting a PhD?

For more information, please contact us >>>

Innovation in Banking & Finance: How Evidence Based Is It?

“Innovation” seems to the word on the lips of many bankers today. Any industrial event will have discussions on innovation in general or about innovative” technologies such as Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, Artificial intelligence or Big Data

However how do you make good decisions about innovation? Surely it requires the same discipline as other types of management decision making, defining the problem, assessing two or more solutions, assessing the quality of evidence about problems and solutions and using a genuinely experimental approach where there is no evidence.

We talked to three experts on Blockchain, one the key innovative ideas that has captured the imagination of the banking world, about Bitcoin, Blockchain and Innovation.

You can read all interviews here >>


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