Organizational Behavior’s Contributions to 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

Organizational Behavior’s Contributions to Evidence-Based Management

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Organizational Behavior (OB) is a social science that has discovered general principles regarding the organization and management of work. One of management research’s more mature fields, OB’s contribution to evidence-based Management (EBMgt) stems from its large body of programmatic, cumulative research. This chapter provides an overview of OB research, including its history, standards for evidence, and domains of study. It distinguishes between science- and practice-oriented OB research and their respective evidence criteria to better show different ways OB research can inform EBMgt. OB research has identified several hundred evidence-based principles to inform practice, and this chapter provides examples. The chapter concludes by discussing how OB scholars, educators, and practitioners can further EBMgt practice.

Keywords: organizational behavior; principles; science-oriented evidence criteria; practice-oriented evidence criteria; hiring talent; goal setting; making decisions; motivating people

Article.  12867 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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