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Evidence-based management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16447370     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
For the most part, managers looking to cure their organizational ills rely on obsolete knowledge they picked up in school, long-standing but never proven traditions, patterns gleaned from experience, methods they happen to be skilled in applying, and information from vendors. They could learn a thing or two from practitioners of evidence-based medicine, a movement that has taken the medical establishment by storm over the past decade. A growing number of physicians are eschewing the usual, flawed resources and are instead identifying, disseminating, and applying research that is soundly conducted and clinically relevant. It's time for managers to do the same. The challenge is, quite simply, to ground decisions in the latest and best knowledge of what actually works. In some ways, that's more difficult to do in business than in medicine. The evidence is weaker in business; almost anyone can (and many people do) claim to be a management expert; and a motley crew of sources--Shakespeare, Billy Graham,Jack Welch, Attila the Hunare used to generate management advice. Still, it makes sense that when managers act on better logic and strong evidence, their companies will beat the competition. Like medicine, management is learned through practice and experience. Yet managers (like doctors) can practice their craft more effectively if they relentlessly seek new knowledge and insight, from both inside and outside their companies, so they can keep updating their assumptions, skills, and knowledge.
Authors:
Jeffrey Pfeffer; Robert I Sutton
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Harvard business review     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0017-8012     ISO Abbreviation:  Harv Bus Rev     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-01     Completed Date:  2006-02-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9875796     Medline TA:  Harv Bus Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  62-74, 133     Citation Subset:  H    
Affiliation:
Stanford Graduate School of Business, California, USA. pfeffer_jeffrey@gsb.stanford.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Benchmarking
Commerce / organization & administration*
Decision Making, Organizational*
Evidence-Based Medicine*
United States

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