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This course has no pre-requisites, though it is a graduate level course that assumes an undergraduate degree level understanding in a non-cognate area.

About this course

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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.

This course provides the foundation for all other courses in the Evidence-Based Management MicroMasters Program.

What you'll learn

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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.
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.

Meet your instructors

Alessandra Capezio
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior
Australian National University
Byron Keating
Australian National University
Patrick L'Espoir Decosta
Australian National University

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