'Evidence-based’ is a term that was originally coined in the 1990s in the field of medicine, but today its principles extend across disciplines as varied as education, criminology, public policy, social work, and (recently) management. The starting point for evidence-based management is that management decisions should be based on a combination of critical thinking and the best available evidence. And by ‘evidence’, one generally means 'information'. This information may come from scientific research, but internal business information and even personal experience can count as ‘evidence’. In principle, then, all managers base their decisions on ‘evidence’. The question is how do managers select, process, evaluate and make the best use of the evidence to provide them with key essentials to ensure the best decision output and, at the same time reduce the likelihood of error. This programme, which is being run in collaboration with the International Centre for Evidence-Based Management, provides important insights, tools and skills into this process and nurtures a critical competence that decision-makers ought to have. The Centre for Evidence Based Management, based in Holland, is a non-profit member organization dedicated to promoting evidence-based practice in the field of management and is supported by the active involvement of scholars and practitioners from Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, New York University, University of Toronto, University of Bath and the Free University of Amsterdam. The Centre provides support and resources to managers, consultants, organizations, teachers, academics and others interested in learning more about evidence-based management.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or any other institution recognized by Senate.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
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The course has the following specific learning outcomes: 1. To gain a knowledgeable opinion of the concept of 'evidence' in organizations 2. To develop an understanding of the critical relevance of using evidence in decision-making 3. To evaluate data from a critical point of view 4. To contextualize the role of systems in decision-making 5. To develop an awareness that data is contextualized and has political, social and economic implications in the way it is adopted and used 6. To learn how to review evidence 7. To improve one's capabilities in processing and evaluating data and other sources and forms of evidence 8. To develop ways and means to collect, analyze and evaluate data in a more systematic and effective manner 9. To improve skills of analyses in decision making
This programme is primarily intended for practitioners and decision-makers in industry who have to deal, absorb, select and evaluate large masses of information and data as part of their decision-making processes. While the programme will primarily be of potential interest to managers, other participants from other occupational areas (like teachers and policy making) will also benefit tremendously.
There are no specific career titles associated with Evidence-Based Management. However, as organizations (public and private) become more complex, managers need to be more than just aware of this complexity. An insightful development in EBMgt will ensure that managers can critically understand the processes and the methods for better decision making and also understand more in depth the tools and criteria necessary to carry out such a task. On the other hand, EBMgt is still in its infancy even though its need has been felt for many years. It is hoped that this field will grow as a discipline in its own right and will trigger research opportunities to assist both organizations and managers to reduce the risk of erring in decision-making.
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Last Updated: 12 April 2019
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