Self Paced

Evidence-Based Practice in Management (edX)

Learn how to make better managerial decisions through the judicious and strategic use of the best available evidence. This business and management course introduces students to an evidence-based management (EBM) framework that shows how maturity across six key domains is linked to improved leadership competency.

The key domains are:

- Framing the problem (Ask);

- Gathering evidence (Acquire);

- Evaluating evidence (Appraise);

- Synthesizing findings (Aggregate);

- Implementation (Apply)

- Evaluating the outcomes (Assess).

Graduate business education has come under fire in recent years for not adequately preparing students for the challenge of managing in a complex, information-rich, and rapidly changing commercial environment. This was clearly demonstrated during the global financial crisis which exposed the inability of graduates from leading business schools to adapt what they had learnt to this new reality.

Evidence-based practice in management is a response to this situation. This business course focuses on exposing students to the latest academic thinking, while also equipping students to be critical and analytical thinkers that challenge established beliefs, and utilize the best available evidence to inform ethical decision making. Learn the EBM framework, how to analyze research, use critical thinking and more to make better business decisions.

The knowledge and skills developed in this course will prepare students to confront future business challenges. These business and management capabilities are critical for emerging leaders, established managers, and entrepreneurs.

What you'll learn:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Identify problems that require decision-making based on knowledge of research fundamentals and EBP principles and competencies.

- Establish the search strategy to acquire the best available evidence relevant to the problem.

- Ascertain the appropriate methodology relevant to questions and the reliability and validity of evidence.

- Integrate all types of relevant evidence towards finding solutions to the problem.

- Generate and implement best solutions to the problem with due consideration of their social and ethical implications.

- Evaluate feedback obtained on applied solutions for necessary adjustment.

Course Syllabus

Week 1-2: Fundamentals of evidence-based practice

Introduction to the EBM framework and the basic principles of evidence-based practice.

Week 3-4: Bias and errors in decision making

Explore common biases and errors that impact decision making.

Week 5: Framing problems

Examine the principles of good problem specification.

Week 6: Acquiring ‘best evidence’

Collate different types of evidence and effective search strategies.

Week 7: Appraising evidence quality

Consider different evidence appraisal techniques.

Week 8: Aggregating evidence

Synthesize and make sense of evidence.

Week 9: Implementing and communicating solutions

Different implementation and communication strategies for evidence-based solutions.

Week 10: Evaluating actions

Tools for evaluating feedback and taking considered action.

Week 11: Becoming an evidence-based practitioner

Considering the social and ethical implications of evidence-based practice.

Week 12: Reflection

Understanding the importance of self-reflection and meta-cognition.

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