Rob Briner's Evidence-Based Management QuizIn several previous posts, I've cited work of management experts, notably Jeffrey Pfeffer, aimed at persuading business decision-makers to base their decisions on reliable evidence.
Rob Briner, a professor of organizational psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London, has developed a quiz (pdf) you can use to assess how you're doing in evidence-based management of employees. The quiz asks you to consider how well each of the following statements fits your organization:
- We make decisions by looking at what other organizations and our competitors are doing.
- Before any decision is taken we carefully and systematically evaluate internal data and evidence to better understand the nature of the problem.
- Professional journals ... play a role in helping us identify solutions to our problems.
- We sometimes introduce new practices or policies without having first identified a particular problem we are trying to solve.
- We use consultants to help us make decisions about how to solve our problems.
- It is easy to get hold of good quality internal data and evidence about people management issues in our organization.
- Internal politics and power struggles influence the way we make decisions about introducing policies and practices.
- When making a decision about how to solve a problem we examine research evidence published in academic journals.
- We evaluate the effectiveness of the new policies and practices we introduce.
- We use academics to help us make decisions about how to solve our problems.
- We spend time identifying and exploring a wide range of possible solutions to the problems we face.
- We use benchmarking and best practice to help us decide what we should be doing.
- If we make mistakes in our decision-making we try to learn from them.