Evidence-based management: Concept clean-up time?

Robert B. Briner, David Denyer, Denise M. Rousseau

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The term evidence-based management (EBMgt) is relatively new, though the idea of using research evidence to help make managerial decisions is not. In this paper we identify and clarify a number of common misconceptions about EBMgt. Rather than a single rigid method, EBMgt is a family of approaches that support decision making. It is something done by practitioners, not scholars, although scholars have a critical role to play in helping to provide the infrastructure required for EBMgt. Properly conducted systematic reviews that summarize in an explicit way what is known and not known about a specific practice-related question are a cornerstone of EBMgt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-32
Number of pages14
JournalAcademy of Management Perspectives
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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