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Evidence-Based Management in "Macro" Areas: The Case of Strategic Management

  • Madhavan, Ravi

    (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Mahoney, Joseph T.

    (University of IL)

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    Despite its intuitive appeal, evidence-based management (EBMgt) faces unique challenges in "macro" areas such as Organization Theory and Strategy Management, which emphasize actions by organizations, and business and corporate leaders. The inherent focus on complex, multi-level and unique problems present serious challenges. EBMgt will nurture the establishment of a new model of research that is not only cumulative in its knowledge-building but also promotes engaged scholarship. Further, the uncertainty and conflict that characterize "macro" decision contexts heighten the need for EBMgt. We put forward four recommendations to advance EBMgt: (1) using more sophisticated meta-analyses; (2) providing syntheses that go beyond quantitative summaries; (3) engaging in a disciplined conversation about our implicit "levels of evidence" frameworks; and (4) developing decision supports.

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    Paper provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business in its series Working Papers with number 11-0105.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:ecl:illbus:11-0105
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