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2017/2018  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
Start time of the course 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
  • Ravi Vatrapu - DIGI
Main academic disciplines
  • Information technology
  • Management
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Last updated on 15-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: 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 in the exam case.
  • Ability to account for the theoretical-empirical relationships, that is, ability to develop descriptive conceptual models based on theory and the data in the exam case.
  • Ability to design evidence based study that can inform decision-making.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the validity, generalizability and applicability of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability to perform credible analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Ability to communicate in writing evidence based recommendations.
Evidence Based Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Decision-making is one of the most fundamental activities that define the role of managers. Every manager has to make decisions which can determine the fate of people, projects, and organizations. Evidence-based management (EBM) entails managerial decisions and work practices informed by valid evidence, which were obtained through scientific-grade methods. The scientific origin of evidence based management provides not only a grounded approach for effective decision making, but also a solid skill set that can be applied in leading let alone assessing any research project from master thesis to market research. The course Evidence Bases Management offers a foundation for students who aspire to play a pivotal role in data driven organizations.


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 data. 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.  Overall, the course provides a balanced mix of concepts, procedures, analytics and reporting knowledge and skills.

Teaching methods
Thematic lectures, in-class exercises, tool training, and student presentations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Online exercises and project topic feedback in class.
Student workload
Class lectures and exercises 30 hours
Class preparation: readings + home assignments 100 hours
Exam and exam preparation 76 hours
TOTAL 206 hours
Expected literature


Pfeffer, J., & Sutton, R. I. (2006). Hard facts, dangerous half-truths, and total nonsense: Profiting from evidence-based management.  Harvard Business School Press. 978-1591398622


Seleted Research Articles

Rousseau, D. M. (2006). Is there such a thing as “evidence-based management”?

Academy of Management Review, 31(2), 256-269.


Briner, R. B., Denyer, D., & Rousseau, D. M. (2009). Evidence-based management: concept cleanup time? The Academy of Management Perspectives, 23(4), 19-32.


Last updated on 15-06-2017