School of Business and Management

BUSM136 Evidence-Based Human Resource Management


2 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Professor Rob Briner


Module overview

The evidence-based practice module is to help practitioners become more effective through providing a framework for making decisions and taking actions which incorporate the best available evidence from multiple sources.

This elective module reflects historical and contemporary concerns amongst both Human Resource Management (HRM) practitioners and academics that the practice of HRM has to date not made particularly good use of scientific, organizational and other types of evidence and information thus raising questions about the value of HRM and the HRM profession.

This module provides students with practical and hands-on experience of collecting scientific and other forms of information, critically appraising that information for its trustworthiness and relevance, and using it to guide the identification of a practical HRM problem and what specific actions are most likely to deal effectively with that problem.


30% coursework and 70% coursework

Indicative reading list


  • Barends, E., Rousseau, D.M. & Briner, R.B. (2014). Evidence-Based Management: The Basic Principles. CEBMa

  • Briner, R.B. & Denyer, D. (2012). Systematic review and evidence synthesis as a practice and scholarship tool. In D. Rousseau (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Briner, R..B. & Walshe, N.D. (2014). From passively received wisdom to actively constructed knowledge: teaching systematic review skills as a foundation of evidence-based management. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 13, 415-432.

  • Gough, D., Oliver, S., and Thomas, J. (2012). An introduction to systematic reviews. London: Sage.

  • Lawler, E. (2007). Why HR Practices are not Evidence-Based, Academy of Management Journal, 50, 1033–36.
    Rousseau, D., & Barends, E. (2011). Becoming an evidence-based HR practitioner. Human Resource Management Journal, 21, 221–235.

  • Rynes, S. L., Brown, K. G., Colbert, A. E. (2002). Seven common misconceptions about human resource practices: Research findings versus practitioner beliefs. Academy of Management Executive, 18(3): 92–103.

  • Rynes, S. L., Colbert, A. E., & Brown, K. G. (2002). HR professionals' beliefs about effective human resource practices: Correspondence between research and practice. Human Resource Management, 41, 149–174