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The Role of Evidence in General Managers’ Decision-making

Francis-Smythe, Jan and Robinson, Laurence and Ross, Catharine (2013) The Role of Evidence in General Managers’ Decision-making. Journal of General Management, 38 (4). pp. 3-21. ISSN 0306-3070

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Abstract

This paper presents an overview of current academic theory on evidence-based management (EBM) and considers the extent to which the decision-making processes of 39 senior, general managers are consistent with this thinking. In the pursuit of this aim the study has utilised inductive reasoning, qualitative data, purposeful sampling and semi-structured interviews, based upon the critical incident technique (Flanagan, 1954), to obtain detailed information regarding the decision-making processes utilised by each of the interviewees in relation to their most challenging managerial situations. It has been shown that these interviewees utilised only one of the four main sources of evidence for management decision-making proposed by Briner and Rousseau (2011). In the light of this finding, ways are identified in which managers may be able to enhance their business practice by utilising more sources of evidence. In addition, the study has also identified ways in which current academic thinking needs to be developed so that it incorporates all of the practices that general managers have utilised. Finally, the implications for general managers are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: EBM, evidence-based management, decision making, general managers
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Jan Francis-Smythe
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 12:12
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2013 12:12
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2641

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