Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Evidence-Based Management

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will comprise of the following topics/issues:
- Conceptualizing EBMgt
- A design-science approach to EBMgt
- Areas of Organizational Behavior within the remit of EBMgt
- Enabling EBMgt to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners
- Decision management and decision-logic in EBMgt
- Misconceptions and cognitive biases in decision-making (including data handling and interpretation)
- Culture, strategy and organizational macro factors in EBMgt
- Designing strategies for the implementation of EBMgt among management
- The Politics of EBMgt and decision-making
- Critical reflections about EBMgt

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are three:
- To provide a broad overview of EBMgt within current organizational complex realities.
- To create understanding and insights about the relevance of evidence and its impact on organizational performance and efficiency.
- To appreciate pitfalls of misinterpreting or mishandling data and other sources of evidence at management level.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain the role of EBMgt in organizational life;
- List the parameters of EBMgt;
- Discuss EBMgt within a more systemic perspective of organizations;
- Understand the wider and broader implications of good/bad decision-making.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write a basic policy of effective decision-making based on EBMgt;
- Highlight and pinpoint out biases and misconceptions in the decision-making process.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

Rousseau, D. M. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Supplementary Readings:

Other supplementary readings will be provided to students and will be available on VLE.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Vincent Cassar

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