Evidence-based management (EBM) is a framework well-suited to improving decision-making amid the deluge of available information. However, little is known about the enablers of EBM, particularly with regard to organisational-level factors. Drawing on the absorptive capacity (AC) literature, we identify novel multi-level factors that are likely to enable EBM implementation. Specifically, we review the empirical literature on antecedents of AC and use meta-analyses to determine the relationship between these antecedents and AC. Findings highlight organisational-level enablers of EBM including information system capabilities, transformational leadership, available resources and collaboration. Individual-level enablers include prior related knowledge, motivation for learning and employee empowerment. We contribute to the literature by illustrating the importance of organisational-level enablers for EBM, advancing a research agenda on EBM and providing recommendations for practitioners.
SOURCE: Criado-Perez, C., Collins, C. G., & Jackson, C. “Enablers of evidence-based management: Clues from the absorptive capacity literature.” Australian Journal of Management, May 31, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0312896220919784
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