Dossier: «Leading people to transform organizations in times of uncertainty»
coordinated by Pilar Ficapal-Cusí
ISSUE 8 (NOV 2017)

Evidence-based people management: what is it, why does it matter and how can it be implemented?


Evidence-based people management is an approach to the profession and practice of people management that focuses on increasing the use of critical thinking and the best evidence available for decision-making. This article puts forward several reasons why people management practitioners do not adopt a more evidence-based approach and argues how useful this approach can be for organizations. A seven-stage process is presented for making decisions that make better use of evidence: identifying, asking, acquiring, appraising, aggregating, applying and assessing. There are four sources of evidence that can improve the quality of decisions in people management: scientific evidence, organizational data, professional experience and stakeholder input. Finally, practical suggestions are offered for implementing this approach in organizations, as well as the main objections presented by managers are outlined.

evidence-based management;  human resources;  people management;  critical thinking;  research-practice gap; 
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