Niklas Luhmann, one of the most influential sociologists of the 20th century and father of social systems theory, once stated that organizations are made of decisions (Luhmann 2000). He even went further and argued that every decision taken builds on past decisions which accumulate to an organization’s future. On a more practical level, making the right decision can be a matter of life and death in high risk environments such as aviation, medicine, or the military. In business, management and organizations, decision-making quality is a key determinant of good performance. We will take a look at the state of decision-making in the business sector and how Evidence-based Management can help managers, professionals and other stakeholders to improve decision-making quality.
Soft skills also called people or management skills get increasingly important in our 21st knowledge economy. In contrast to many hard skills, management skills cannot be substituted by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and search engines. This is reflected in an ever growing demand for online and face to face management training programs. As a result, hundreds of millions of Euros are invested in management training activities every year. However, only a small fraction of the training content is transfered back on the job (Griffin, 2011) or adds value to the training participants. Drawing and theory and science, we derive six criteria you should look for when selecting a good management training program.
Have you already completed your organization’s agile transformation? Where do you apply SCRUM in your organization? Agility and agile frameworks such as SCRUM are the new Holy Grail for private and public sector organizations. As a manager and professional you might wonder whether you should jump on the agility bandwagon, or whether it is just another management fad you can confidently ignore. We take a closer look at the scientific foundation of agility and one of the most popular agile frameworks called SCRUM in this blog post.
Many organizations are choosing online programs to provide their managers with the skills that are needed to win the race. Online training is efficient and less costly than traditional training and research has demonstrated that it can be effective (Sitzmann et al., 2006). At CQ Net, our goal is to provide management skills training to everyone. This blog contrasts our approach to a traditional (online) MBA program and discusses the advantages.
Management trainings are an important part of most corporate training programs. However, in a VUCA world organizations start more and more to move from a management training to a management learning approach. We have a look at the shortcomings of traditional management learning and introduce a new approach of management learning that puts an emphasize on knowledge quality (evidence), applicability in daily business (context) and adaptability (agility). We do this from a knowledge worker's point of view during an product introduction project.
Leadership skills are somehow seen as magic skills only relevant for a executives, senior managers and CEOs. We argue that this understanding of leadership is outdated and that leadership skills are important for every professional and knowledge worker. After that, we have a look at what leadership is all about and we discuss five reasons why you should start to build your leadership skills today.
From the workplace to extracurricular activities, there are some abilities that are not only useful in life, but are also highly sought-after by employers. In this blogpost, we would like to introduce the top 10 management skills you need to boost your career and personal growth. You don’t need management skills? Think again. Contrary to popular belief, management skills are useful far beyond firms and organizations - they can help improve your personal abilities, your professional path, and your relationships.
When employees embark on a training course, the most important criterion for success is that they transfer the skills they have learned back on the job. There has been much research on those factors that lead to employee training and development success. However, transfer of learning is still an issue within the Human Resource Development (HRD) community. In this article we have a look at the most important factors that impact the transfer of learning. Furthermore, we provide recommendations on how to maximize the transfer of trainings back on the job.
In two sessions, we interviewed Eric Barends, the Managing Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa). Eric is based in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and advises management teams and boards of companies and non-profit organizations on evidence-based management and development. In our first interview Eric provides an overview about the benefits of evidence-based management in business. In session two we have a look at the origin of evidence-based management, why evidence-based managers rely on fours sources of evidence and that not all evidence is created equal.
In two sessions, we interviewed Eric Barends, the Managing Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa). Eric is based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and advises management teams and boards of companies and non-profit organizations on evidence-based management and development. In this first session Eric discusses the foundation of evidence-based management and its benefits in business.