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2014/2015  KAN-CINTO1010U  Evidence Based Management

English Title
Evidence Based Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - DIGI
Course coordinator: Michel Avital
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Management of Information and Knowledge Management
  • Methodology
Last updated on 16-07-2014
Learning objectives
By the end of the course the students should demonstrate:
  • Ability to account for the required course reading and to illustrate points from the literature with examples from the exam case.
  • Ability to account for the theoretical-empirical relationships, that is, ability to establish an explanatory relationship between theory and the exam case.
  • Ability to carry out critical assessment of alternative related theories and compare their relevance to the exam case
  • Ability to critically evaluate the validity, generalizability and applicability of evidence
  • Ability to design and execute evidence based research project that can inform decision-making
  • Ability to communicate in writing evidence based decisions and to assess their respective credibility.
Evidence Based Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
This course is designed to provide practical knowledge about evidence and its application to decision making and management in general. In lieu of using generic 'best practice' as a benchmark, evidence-based practice seeks to engage managers in critical evaluation of the validity, generalizability and applicability of the available evidence. Specially, student will learn to frame organizational challenges and knowledge requirements, identify sources of evidence, gather the required data, qualify its validity, detect recurring patterns, and communicate the findings in an effective fashion.


1. Introduction to Evidence Based Management
2. Evidence validity
3. Primary evidence sources
4. Secondary evidence sources
5. Regularities and red flags
6. Data analytics
7. The communication of evidence and quantitative information
Teaching methods
Classes include lectures, guided discussions, mini workshops, and class presentations.
Expected literature
Last updated on 16-07-2014