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date: 20 February 2020

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Proponents of evidence-based management (EBMgt) point to a range of benefits accruing to users, including more effective decision making through exploitation of the science base. Despite this lure, incorporating research evidence findings is relatively new to much management practice. In this chapter, EBMgt is conceived of as a technological innovation, and we draw on diffusion-of-innovation theory and the transtheoretical stages-of-change model to explore some individual and organizational factors impacting the adoption of EBMgt at different levels of management. In light of this analysis, a number of strategies and initiatives to accelerate the adoption of EBMgt are proposed.

Keywords: levels of management, executives, middle managers, supervisors, diffusion of innovation, transtheoretical stages of change, evidence-based practice

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