About the course

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);
  • Synthesising 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 who challenge established beliefs, and utilise the best available evidence to inform ethical decision-making. Learn the EBM framework, how to analyse 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 Programme.

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What you will learn

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.

About the instructors

Alessandra Capezio is a senior lecturer in Organisational Behaviour in the Research School of Management at the Australian National University. She completed her PhD in Management at the University of Sydney, and is a fellow of the Centre for Evidence-Based Management.

Byron Keating is a professor and director of the Research School of Management at the Australian National University.

Patrick L'Espoir Decosta is a senior lecturer in Research School of Management, at The Australian National University. Patrick hails from Mauritius. He obtained his Master’s and PhD at the SHTM of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His PhD dissertation dealt with the legacy of colonialism in the tourism development of former island colonies.

Duration: 12 weeks, 8-10 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Alessandra Capezio, Byron Keating, Patrick L'Espoir Decosta

Institution: Australian National University