A Design Science Approach to Evidence-Based Management

Joan Ernst van Aken and A. Georges L. Romme

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

A Design Science Approach to Evidence-Based Management

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In this chapter we adopt a design-science approach to demonstrate how evidence-based management can extend experience-based management by judiciously gathering, validating, selecting, and using knowledge. The creative processes in which valid knowledge is used in designing and creating preferred futures are discussed, as well as the nature of the design knowledge needed for this. This includes knowledge on possible interventions with expected outcomes and on the mechanisms producing these outcomes.

Keywords: design science; collaboration between scientists and practitioners; design propositions; spin-offs; preferred future; professional practice; technical rationality

Article.  10558 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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