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 CEBMa Newsletter October 2014

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Dear reader

We hope the end of the summer finds you well. There has been a lot of activity at CEBMa recently, so we are excited to share details of that with you in our October newsletter.  

 

Eric Barends, Managing Director

Denise Rousseau, Chair, Academic Board

Why Do I Receive This Newsletter?

You have received this newsletter because you are a friend or member of CEBMa, our discussion forum, or the EBMgt Collaborative, or you have participated in one of our workshops or seminars, or shown an interest in EBP.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of this newsletter. 

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We Need Your Help: Systematic Reviews, Meta-Analyses or Other Evidence Summaries

 In our last newsletter we announced the launch of a freely accessible online database of evidence summaries (systematic reviews, meta-analyses and rapid evidence assessments). The database is now online, and you can have a sneak preview here: www.cebma-library.org.

 Unfortunately, evidence summaries are not widely available, and, although CEBMa will try to gather all systematic reviews and meta-analyses relevant to the practice of management, this will only be a fraction of what’s out there.

This is where you can help. If you know of a systematic review or meta-analysis (or any other evidence summary) that is relevant to management practice,

please contact us .

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The AOM Evidence-Based Management Event in Philly: Presentations & Posters

This year’s Evidence-Based Management Event at the AOM Annual in Philadelphia on August 2 was very well attended. About 60 academics, teachers and practitioners from all over the world joined our event to share knowledge and ideas through presentations, poster sessions and breakout discussions.

Presentations were given by Maxime Loose from the Flemish Government (“Evidence-Based Management, This Is How We Do It”), Eric Barends from CEBMa (“Evidence-Based Consulting: Rapid Evidence Assessments for Large Organisations”) and Neil Walshe from USFA (“Faculty Reactions – and Resistance- to the Teaching of Evidence-Based Management”). In addition 17 posters were presented.

If you missed this excellent event, don’t worry – you can view and download all the presentations and posters from it here:

www.cebma.org/presentations

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NEW: The Evidence-Based Manager Blog

 This summer a group of young and ambitious executive DBAs and PhDs launched “The Evidence-Based Manager Blog” to promote dialogue between scholars and practitioners and to present research findings on what works in the field of management.

You can find the blog here: www.evidence-blog.com

 So why did this group start this blog? What are they trying to achieve? To find out, we spoke with Kuan Collins, the unofficial spokesperson of the group.

Read more >>

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Change The World: Teach Evidence-Based Practice!

In September the journal Academy of Management Learning and Education (AMLE) published a special edition on teaching evidence-based practice. Guest editors were Denise Rouseau and Sara Rynes, both members of CEBMa’s academic board, and Eric Barends, CEBMa’s Managing Director.

The special issue contains research articles, essays, book and resource reviews and interviews. In their introduction, with the compelling title “Change The World: Teach Evidence-Based Practice!”, the guest editors provide a detailed overview of all contributions. You can read or download the introduction here:

Read more >>

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Volunteers Wanted To Test Our Online Learning Module

In our last newsletter email we informed you about the development of CEBMa’s online learning modules to help students and practitioners to develop the skills necessary to follow evidence-based practice (EBP). These modules will also be available to teachers who wish to teach EBP.

We are happy to announce that we completed the first module. This first module is a general introduction to EBP and covers its basic principles and common misconceptions. Although the module is developed by a team from CEBMa alongside software engineers and learning scientists from Carnegie Mellon, we need practitioners, students and teachers to try it out and give us feedback.

If you’re interested in testing the module and willing to provide feedback,

please get in touch with us.

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CEBMa Booklet: Evidence-Based Management, The Basic Principles

CEBMa is proud to announce the publication of the booklet “Evidence-Based Management, The Basic Principles”. The booklet is written by Denise Rousseau, Rob Briner and Eric Barends and covers basic questions such as “What is EBP?”, “What counts as evidence?”, “Why do we need EBP?”, “What sources of evidence should be considered?”, “Why do we have to critically appraise evidence?” and “What is the evidence for EBP?”. In addition, common misconceptions are discussed.

You can download a copy of the booklet here.

If you would like to have a printed version, please get in touch with us.

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Evidence-Based Policing & management

Rob Briner has recently given several presentations to senior police officers on the Strategic Command Course and the Executive Leadership Programme run by the UK’s College of Policing. The idea of evidence-based policing has been developing for some time in several countries including the UK and the US (https://cebcp.org/evidence-based-policing/). Police training, development and everyday practice is increasingly adopting an evidence-based approach.  Rob’s talks focused on the general principles of evidence-based practice and why practitioners including the police who want to become more evidence-based must also be managed in an evidence-based way.

To learn more about evidence-based policing, go to the Society of Evidence-Based Policing (UK) or the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy >>

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Question Of The Month: Jeffrey Pfeffer

In medicine the concept of evidence-based practice was introduced in the early 1990s, but in management it was not until 2006 that the first book on this topic – Bob Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer’s “Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management” – was published. This book was the starting point for a large number of publications on the added value of findings from scientific research for the daily practice of managers and business leaders. So, why did the authors write this book, and what was its impact? To find out, we spoke with Jeffrey Pfeffer.

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CAT Of The Month: Knowledge Worker Productivity

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 knowledge worker productivity:

“Which of the factors that impact on the productivity of knowledge workers are most widely studied and what is known of their effect?”

Read more >>

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