Evidence-based management: Where's it from? Where's it at? And Where's it going?

Management

Speaker:Professor Rob Briner, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Birbeck College, University of London
Date: Tuesday 11 May 2010
Time: 1600 hrs
Location: Xfi Conference Room 1

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The notion of evidence-based management (EBMgt) though relatively new and undeveloped has attracted some support and some criticism.  The origins of EBMgt can be traced to parallel (though very different) developments in other areas of practice such as medicine.  At the same time, the notion that management research should, where relevant, inform management practice is as old the academic discipline of management itself.  Some of the critiques of EBMgt are aimed at what is perceived to be a ‘movement’ and a particular view about what EMBgt entails.  However, activity to date does not suggest a large nor active ‘movement’ nor much agreement about what EBMgt might be.  Given this context, where might EBMgt be going?

Rob is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London and his research interests include the links between work and various aspects of well-being (such as moods and emotions), the psychological contract, absence, and ethnicity.  He is on the board of several journals including Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Relations (where he was Associate Editor from 1997-2007). He has edited special issues of a number of journals including European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (emotion) Human Relations (food).  He also writes practitioner articles and is a regular columnist for People Management.