How management practitioners can increase organizational performance
Management practitioners such as executives, managers and professionals are the movers and shakers of the business world. It is their decisions that shift an organization’s performance from underperformance or mediocracy to excellence. However, individual decisions rarely bring around these improvements in isolation. It is rather the sum of all management decisions they take day in and day out that add up to an organization’s performance.
Management knowledge to make the right decisions
There is a huge body of knowledge available that promises to guide management practitioners in taking the right decisions. A closer look at it reveals that a big portion of this knowledge has been created based only on anecdotal evidence and in many cases with commercial interests in mind. Every single day management practitioners are exposed to this type of knowledge via the latest business books, trainings, articles and blog posts.
The key messages conveyed are easy answers to complex problems and one-size fits all solutions that promise exceptional results. Unsurprisingly, the advice is often a poor fit to complex and diverse organizations and fail to deliver. Some of them not just fall short of the promised results, but have the potential to harm an organization and its employees. So, what knowledge should management practitioners consider as appropriate to increase organizational performance?
Obstacles management practitioners need to overcome
Amongst the morass of available management resources, there are nuggets of valuable advice and approaches based on robust research. Applied appropriately, these can really make a difference when it comes to organizational performance. However, there are four major obstacles management practitioners need to overcome in order find, understand, interpret, and implement that knowledge:
How to find management knowledge?
How to evaluate management knowledge quality?
How to interpret management knowledge?
How to implement management knowledge?
CQ Net is a learning platform for evidence-based management
We are a growing team of management practitioners and social scientists that have joined forces to take on the challenge of supporting executives, managers and professionals in their efforts to increase organizational performance. Our Evidence-based Management Learning Platform - CQ Net - which stands for Collaboration Quotient is our contribution to make organizations better and stronger. We achieve this with our targeted resources, webinars, articles, and blog posts.
Our mission: Bridging the gap between business and the social sciences
Social sciences are one of the main sources of more robust management knowledge. However, beyond business administration and economics, there are many other areas that can provide valuable insights for managers, such as organizational psychology, sociology and behavioral economics management. CQ Net’s mission is to bridge the gap between business and the social sciences. We achieve this with our evidence-based management learning platform that fosters collaboration between both worlds.
Our foundation: Evidence-based management
Questions about the quality of decision-making and how to improve it have been around for many years now. As a results disciplines such as healthcare, public administration and more recently management have started to develop an “evidence-based” approach. Evidence-based Management (EBM or EBMgt) urges management practitioners to rely on the best available evidence when making decisions. Inspired by the Evidence-based Medicine approach, Evidence-based Management adapted well proven tools and methodologies to guide practitioners to increase their decision-making quality. CQ Net applies Evidence-based Management principles, tools and methodologies to bridge the gap between business and social sciences.
Our approach: critical thinking
There is no easy solution to a complex problem. This universal principle is part of CQ Net’s DNA and reflected in our critical thinking approach. The key assumption behind critical thinking is that one should always question the assumptions underlying an argument and look at it from a different point of view before considering it as “truth”. This especially applies for busy management professionals that are exposed to a vast amount of information of various quality every day. When we at CQ Net write our blog posts and dossiers or conduct seminars and courses we always try to take a critical stance towards what we read and say.
Our contribution: Webinars, articles (dossiers) and blog posts
It all started with our desire to learn what really matters and help organizations to perform better. The first dossiers we wrote guided us on this journey and made us think how we can contribute to help other management practitioners to achieve the same. CQ Net strongly relies on open source software and supports the open access and open science movement. This made us decide to make efforts to publish all our dossiers as Open Educational Resources (OER) free to download, adjust and use. In addition, we offer community and paid webinars and short courses on topics that matter for management practitioners like you.