Student Resources




1. Introduction / kick off


Required reading

Barends, E., Rousseau, D.M. & Briner, R.B. (2014). Evidence-Based Management: The Basic Principles. Amsterdam: Center for Evidence-Based Management (pdf)

Jacobs, K. (2015, January). Evidence-based HR: Under the microscope. HR Magazine (pdf)


Recommended reading

Barends, E. (2012). Learning from Other Evidence-based Practices.  In Rousseau, D. M. (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of evidence-based management. Oxford University Press. (pdf)

Highhouse, S. (2008) Stubborn reliance on intuition and subjectivity in employee selection. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1, 333–342. (pdf)

Iles, P., Preece, D. & Chuai, X. (2010): Talent management as a management fashion in HRD: towards a research agenda, Human Resource Development International, 13, 125-145 (pdf)

Pfeffer, J. & Sutton, R.I. (2006). Management half-truths and nonsense: How to practice evidence-based management. California Management Review, 48, 77–100. (pdf)

Rousseau, D., & Barends, E. (2011). Becoming an evidence-based HR practitioner. Human Resource Management Journal, 21, 221–235. (pdf)

Rousseau, D. M. (2012). Envisioning evidence-based management. In Rousseau, D. M. (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of evidence-based management. Oxford University Press. (pdf)

Rynes, S. L., Brown, K. G., Colbert, A. E. (2002). Seven common misconceptions about human resource practices: Research findings versus practitioner beliefs. Academy of Management Executive, 18(3): 92–103. (pdf)

Staw, B. M., & Epstein, L. D. (2000). What bandwagons bring: Effects of popular management techniques on corporate performance, reputation, and CEO pay. Administrative Science Quarterly, 45(3), 523- 556. (pdf)

Sturdy, A. (2004). The adoption of management ideas and practices, Management Learning, 35, 2, 155-179. (pdf)

Sturdy, A. (2011). Consultancy’s Consequences? A Critical Assessment of Management Consultancy’s Impact on Management. British Journal of Management, 22, 517–530. (pdf)



2. Asking questions


Recommended reading

Nutt, P. C. (1999). Surprising but true: Half the decisions in organizations fail. The Academy of Management Executive, 13(4), 75-90. (pdf)

Nutt, P. (2002). Why decisions fail: Avoiding the blunders and traps that lead to debacles. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. (book)



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3. Evidence from practioners: Professional judgment


Required reading

Hamori, M., & Koyuncu, B. (2015). Experience matters? The impact of prior CEO experience on firm performance. Human Resource Management54(1), 23-44. (pdf)

Kahneman, D. (2013, June). It's all In Your Head: How Do We Really Form Opinions? (video)

Kahneman, D. (2011), Before You Make That Big Decision. Harvard Business Review, June 2011 (pdf)

Schrage, M. (2003), Daniel Kahneman: The Thought Leader Interview. Strategy & Business issue 33 (pdf)


Recommended reading

Arieli, D. (2010) Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Harper, London (book)

Freed, J. (2015) The Trouble with Experts. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (video)

Dobelli, R. (2013) The Art of Thinking Clearly. Harper, London (book)

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, Fast and Slow. Penguin Group, London (book)

Shermer, M. (2011). The believing brain: From ghosts and gods to politics and conspiracies—How we construct beliefs and reinforce them as truths. Macmillan. (book)

Spengler, P. M., & Pilipis, L. A. (2015). A comprehensive meta-reanalysis of the robustness of the experience-accuracy effect in clinical judgment. J Couns Psychol, 62 (3), 360-78 (pdf)

Tversky, A., & Kahneman, D. (1974). Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases. Science, 185(4157), 1124-1131. (pdf)

Yaniv, I., & Choshen-Hillel, S. (2011). Exploiting the Wisdom of Others to Make Better Decisions: Suspending Judgment Reduces Egocentrism and Increases Accuracy, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 2012; 25 (5) p 427–434 (pdf)



4. Best available evidence


Required reading

Oliver, J. (May, 2016). Scientific Studies. (video)

Shermer, M. (2011) What is pseudoscience? Scientific American 305 (3) 92-92. (pdf)

Rosenzweig, P. (2007). Misunderstanding the nature of company performance: the halo effect and other business delusions. California Management Review, 49(4), 6-20. (pdf)


Recommended reading

O'Briain, D. (Sept, 2009). Science doesn't know everything. (video)

Goldacre, B. (Juli, 2011). Battling Bad Science. (video)

Goldacre, Ben (2014). I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That, Harper Collins, London (book)



5. Searching for scientific studies


Required reading

Acquiring Scientific Evidence – CMU's Open Learning Initiative (online course)


Recommended reading

Werner, R. (2012). Buried treasure: A business librarian’s insights on finding the evidence. In Rousseau, D. M. (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of evidence-based management. Oxford University Press. (pdf)

Dickersin, K. (1990). The existence of publication bias and risk factors for its occurrence. Journal of American Medical Association, 263, 1385- 1389. (pdf)



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6. Evidence from the organization


Required reading

Barton, D. and Court, D. (2012) Making Advanced Analytics Work For You. Harvard Business Review, October (pdf)

Mauboussin, M. J. (2012) The true measures of success. Harvard business review 90 (10): 46-56. (pdf)

Harford, T. (2014). Big data: are we making a big mistake? FT Magazine. (pdf)


Recommended reading

Best, J. (2011) Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. University of California Press (book)

Blastland, M. and Dilnot, A. (2007) The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers, Profile Books (book)

Donaldson.L. (2012) Evidence-based management and organizational facts. In Rousseau, D. M. (Ed.) The Oxford handbook of evidence-based management. Oxford University Press. (pdf)

Provost, F., & Fawcett, T. (2013). Data Science for Business: What you need to know about data mining and data-analytic thinking. O'Reilly Media, Inc. (book)

Wheelan, C. (2013). Naked statistics: stripping the dread from the data. WW Norton & Company. (book)

Silver, N. (2012) The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don't. Penguin: London (book)



7. Evidence from scientific research


Required reading

Briner, R. B., & Barends, E. (2016). The Role of Scientific Findings in Evidence-Based HR. People and Strategy39(2), 16. (pdf)

Petticrew, M., & Roberts, H. (2003). Evidence, hierarchies and typologies: Horses for courses. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 57, 527-529 (pdf)


Recommended reading

Crombie, I. K. (1997). The pocket guide to critical appraisal, BMJ Publishing Group

Edmondson, A. C., & McManus, S. E. (2007). Methodological fit in management field research. Academy of Management Review, 32, 1155-1179. (pdf)

McGrath, J. (1981). Dilemmatics, the study of research choices and dilemmas. American Behavioral Scientist, 25, 179-210 (pdf)

Shadish, W., Cook, T., & Campbell, D. (2002). Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. (book)

Silver, N. (2012) The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don't. Penguin: London (book)



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8. CATs, REAs and SRs


Required reading


Barends, E., Rousseau, D.M. & Briner, R.B. (Eds). (2017). CEBMa Guideline for Critically Appraised Topics in Management and Organizations, Version 1.0. Center for Evidence Based Management, Amsterdam (pdf)

Barends, E., Rousseau, D.M. & Briner, R.B. (Eds). (2017). CEBMa Guideline for Rapid Evidence Assessments in Management and Organizations, Version 1.0. Center for Evidence Based Management, Amsterdam (pdf)


Petticrew, M. (2001). Systematic reviews from astronomy to zoology: myths and misconceptions. British medical journal322 (7278), 98 (pdf)


Recommended reading

Barends, E. & Plum, K. (2017, in press) Rapid Evidence Assessments in Management: An Example. In Kovner, A. & D’Aunno (Ed), Evidence-Based Management in Health Care, 2nd edition. Health Administration Press, Chicago (pdf)

Briner, R. B., & Walshe, N. D. (2014). From passively received wisdom to actively constructed knowledge: Teaching systematic review skills as a foundation of evidence-based management. Academy of Management Learning & Education13(3), 415-432. (pdf)

Gough, D., Oliver, S. & Thomas,J. eds.(2012) An introduction to systematic reviews. Sage. (book)

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 26 (2), 91-108. (pdf)

Higgins, J. P. (Ed.). (2008). Cochrane handbook for systematic reviews of interventions (Vol. 5). Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell. (book)

Petticrew, M., & Roberts, H. (2008). Systematic reviews in the social sciences: A practical guide. John Wiley & Sons. (book)