I have been a nurse for over 25 years and have seen so many management initiatives come and go (as well as administrators) without sustainability. Why do organizations copy “best practices” and policies and is there evidence to support this? Is the implementation studied as well as the practices? Why did initiatives work in one place but not in another? Did it even work at all or was there something else coincidentally at play? Is it the process that worked or was it the mindset of the project?
It has been shown that Human beings function more readily with a short list of principles than they do with a long list of rules. While standardization is necessary to study outcomes, too many rules can stifle innovative methods to achieve outcomes. And who can remember all the rules in a noisy fast paced environment?
There are many different drugs to treat hypertension which have varying effect on different patients. We use evidence to choose this treatment. There are many ways to treat an organizational problem. Why not also use evidence to choose these treatments?

I have a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. SIOP the professional organization for I-O pychologists has a goal of taking the lead in bringing evidence based management to the workplace. Let’s start with hospital nursing…

Read about I-O Psychology here.

Preview-“EBM is first of all a way of thinking—being committed to doing things on the basis of evidence and data and not acting on the basis of “ideology” and belief. It is important to contrast the objectives and ethos of industrial and organizational psychology, in both its science and practice dimensions, with much contemporary managerial practice that is driven in some substantial measure by vendors with things to sell. Industrial and organizational psychology contrasts with some other social sciences such as economics EBM entails a commitment to learning about human behavior and using that knowledge in the design of organizations and management practices—a commitment to both acquire knowledge and to turn that knowledge into action. This is what I-O psychology is about…the study of human behavior and the efforts to implement that knowledge in practice.”


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