CEBMa Newsletter Spring 2020

Dear reader

We hope you are all safe and managing in these surreal times. The Covid-19 outbreak has brought the world to a grinding halt. The closing of schools, universities and companies has forced them to quickly set up work-from-home arrangements or risk having to close their doors for an extended period of time. It looks like the virtual class and workplace is here to stay.

CEBMa is supporting affected organizations, managers, educators, and other practitioners by sharing our Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) on working in virtual teams. And hey, we also have made our online course modules available for educators at no cost!

And we have news! CEBMa invites our teachers and evidence-based lecturers to an on-line meeting on June 10 (Denise calls it a Jamboree ;-) We are coming together to share ideas about EBM teaching and coaching. Please join us!

Happy reading and stay safe!

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board

REA: What Are The Attributes Of Effective Virtual Teams?

Over the past weeks the topic of ‘virtual’ working has been in the spotlight. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak companies are forced to make the transition to virtual working. However, many organisations and managers wonder whether virtual teams are different from traditional teams. More specifically:

• Does team virtuality affect team effectiveness (and if so: how)?

• What are the most important factors that enhance the effectiveness of virtual teams?

• What leadership styles and interventions are known to influence the effectiveness of virtual teams?

For this reason CEBMa has undertaken a rapid evidence assessment (REA) of the scientific literature on the attributes of effective virtual teams. This REA is funded by AWA (Advanced Workplace Associates) and the CIPD (the British professional body for HR and people development).

The findings of the REA provide a strong warning to managers and organizations: Compared to face-to-face teams, virtual teams tend to display lower levels of intra-team trust, social cohesion, communication, consensus, information sharing, and tend to have less developed transactional memory systems. As a result, virtual teams are less effective than face-to-face teams.

However, the factors that are negatively affected by a team’s virtuality can also be used as a lever to increase its effectivity and performance. In addition, team leaders have several ways to improve a virtual team’s effectiveness, by actively managing the team’s collective resources and ensure that activities of its members are logically consistent and coherent.

You can download a copy of the REA from the CIPD website here >>

(Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and friends!)

For Educational Institutions CEBMa Is Making Its Online Course Modules On Evidence Based Management Available At No Cost.

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many educational institutions are working hard to make the transition to online teaching. CEBMa may be able to help.

In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI), CEBMa has developed an online course on evidence-based management (EBMgt). To support educational institutions impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, we are making this course available at no cost for the remainder of the semester.

The course includes 11 modules that will develop students’ EBMgt skills and enhance their understanding of how an evidence-based approach can support organizations’ decision-making. An overview of all modules and learning outcomes can be found here. The modules can be completed on students’ own time and at their own pace. Each module takes, on average, 3 to 5 hours to complete.

The course modules are accessible through the CMU’s OLI website or through your institution’s Learning Management System. You can use (some, or all) modules as a stand-alone course, or integrate them in an existing course or program.

The course combines an interactive textbook with learning activities, quizzes and assessments. Student data is displayed in the instructor’s Learning Dashboard. It includes information about student participation and performance at both the class and the individual level. This way instructors can quickly see how many students have attained each sub-objective (skills) and which ones are struggling.

If you are a teacher and would like to use CEBMa’s course modules, 


please contact the CEBMa team here >>

The CEBMa Gathering August 2020 In Vancouver Is Cancelled

It probably won’t come as a surprise that, due to the Covid-19 outbreak we had to cancel our CEBMa Gathering in Vancouver that was scheduled for August 2020. But hey, we have good news for you: we decided to instead organize a series of ‘virtual jamborees’ on topics relevant for managers, practitioners, and teachers. Our first jamboree is on teaching evidence based management, you can find more information below.

Join Our Virtual 'Teaching Evidence Based Management' Jamboree

Are you teaching Evidence-Based Management? Would you like to share ideas and learn from other EBMgt educators? Then sign up for CEBMa's online Teaching Jamboree. We will host an Intergalactic Zoom Meeting on June 10 at 10am EST / 4pm CET. Here is our draft agenda:

• Meet & Greet Your Community of EBM educators

• Share & Learn New Teaching Methods, Cases & Applications

• Post-Virtual Posters Showcasing Your Approach

• Question Forum: What questions are on your mind? How can we help you?

If you want to join the meeting, please contact the CEBMa team here >>

Did You Know ....

As A Professional Member Of CEBMa, You Can Get A Certificate For Completing Our Online Course Modules!

Professional members of CEBMa have access to our online course modules. The modules are offered in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. If you complete seven 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.

You can access the modules by login into the membership area, and download the pdf with instructions (its under 'CEBMa's online course modules')

If you are an associate member, you can get access to the modules by upgrading to professional member.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, how to upgrade, or about the online modules ...

please contact the CEBMa team here >>

We have A New Homepage!

The CEBMa website has a new homepage! The old homepage was set up more than 4 years old, which in the world of IT and web-design is very very old. Together with the homepage we have updated some other pages as well and improved some functionalities, such as the membership registration page. Not surprisingly we still encounter some bugs, so when you encounter issues or notice things that are not functioning well …  

please contact the CEBMa team here >>

From Our Friends from ScienceForWork:


Recruitment: Is An Experienced Hire A Better Hire?

Many managers believe experienced workers will perform better, and will need less training and less time to get “up to speed”. In fact, the importance of work experience is perceived to be so great that even entry-level jobs and internships call for it. This causes some frustration among graduates; to get a job, you need experience but to get experience, you need a job!

The focus on experience has historically been so strong that its importance is now being called into question for early careers roles. Should we also be questioning its relevance for established workers? Also, does experience play a role in job performance and what about training performance? What does the research evidence say?

Jonathan Dault, writer at ScienceForWork, wrote this evidence summary based on a critical review of the best available scientific evidence.

You can read Jonathan's evidence summary here >>

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