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Teaching Evidence-Based Management in MBA Programs: What Evidence Is There?
Academy of Management Learning and Education (2011)
  • Steven D. Charlier, Georgia Southern University
  • Kenneth G. Brown, University of Iowa
  • Sara L. Rynes, Cornell University
We examine the degree to which required management courses in U.S.-based MBA programs make reference to the emerging evidence-based management (EBM) movement. More than 800 required management course syllabi from 333 programs were reviewed for either explicit reference to the concept of EBM, or verbiage within course descriptions that was consistent with teaching evidence-based management principles. In addition, instructor, course, and institution-level characteristics were examined as potential correlates of references to EBM. Using a liberal operationalization of EBM (i.e., keywords or phrases that are consistent with evidence-based management principles), results suggest that approximately 25% of core MBA management courses utilize EBM in some form. However, there are substantial differences across categories of course content and depending on whether the instructor has a PhD. Evidence-based management-consistent syllabi are most prevalent at the MBA level in organizational behavior and least in international management and entrepreneurship. Suggestions for future research, as well as an exemplary course description from an EBM syllabus, are offered.
  • Evidence-based management,
  • MBA,
  • Business schools curricula,
  • Outlines,
  • Business teachers,
  • Doctoral degree
Publication Date
June 1, 2011
Citation Information
Steven D. Charlier, Kenneth G. Brown and Sara L. Rynes. "Teaching Evidence-Based Management in MBA Programs: What Evidence Is There?" Academy of Management Learning and Education Vol. 10 Iss. 2 (2011) p. 222 - 236 ISSN: 1537-260X
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