About the Evidence-Based Management Site
Professors Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton, Stanford University

Evidence-based management is a simple idea. It just means finding the best evidence that you can, facing those facts, and acting on those facts – rather than doing what everyone else does, what you have always done, or what you thought was true. It isn’t an excuse for inaction. Leaders of organizations must have the courage to act on the best facts they have right now, and the humility to change what they do as better information is found. And it isn’t new or original. Yet surprisingly few organizations actually do it – and those that do trump the competition. Our primary professional goal over the next few years is to help spark an evidence-based management movement.

As a first step, we wrote Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). The aim of this website is to go beyond the ideas and articles in that book, to report on, encourage, and demonstrate what evidence-based management is and how organizations can practice it. This website also serves as a resource for an updated new course that Robert Sutton is teaching in Stanford’s Department of Management Science & Engineering in the 2006-07 academic year, Organizational Behavior: An Evidence-Based Approach. We have also identified a set of principles that are hallmarks of evidence-based management. As with everything else on this website, as we learn more about evidence-based management and how to practice it, we expect this list to evolve over time.

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