Envisioning Evidence-Based Management

Denise M. Rousseau

in The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199763986
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Envisioning Evidence-Based Management


Evidence-based management (EBMgt) is an evolution in the practice of management. It is a knowledge-intensive, capacity-building way to think, act, organize, and lead. Its practice incorporates (1) use of scientific principles in decisions and management processes, (2) systematic attention to organizational facts, (3) advancements in practitioner judgment through critical thinking and decision aids that reduce bias and enable fuller use of information, and (4) ethical considerations including effects on stakeholders. It is a no-fad, no-fluff approach to developing better managers and leading effective and adaptive organizations. EBMgt is a product of the distinct yet interdependent activities of practitioners, educators, and scholars. This chapter discusses how each contribute to the advancement and use of EBMgt.

Keywords: Scientific evidence; organizational facts as evidence; systematic decision making; ethics; critical thinking; decision aids; cognitive repair; logic models; cognitive bias; bounded rationality; practice-oriented research

Article.  15154 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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