Company Culture – Myths, Legends & Evidence Based Managment

What are your myths? I have worked in a number of different organizations; academic, volunteer, government and religious and every one has myths. They may center around certain individuals and their escapades, challenges and their solutions, or the suitability of certain types of people for certain positions within the company.

Myths perform a number of different roles, they give us goals, heroes and perspective. They introduce us into the culture of our organization. But they can also limit the scope of where we look for solutions.

One of the roles of the Knowledge Audit, the first step in a Knowledge Management process is to document these corporate myths, the way ‘things have always been done’. Myths are often a part of the tacit knowledge of an organization.

Evidence Based Practice is a relatively new style management in health care, psychology and psychiatry that attempts to move these disciplines away from the rather fuzzy foundations of their assumptions towards practices and treatments based in research.

I like to think of Evidence Based Practice, and it’s twin Evidence Based Management work like adding a four year old to the team. When you do any action, ask yourself ‘Why?’ and keep asking until you get a satisfactory answer. ‘Because I say so’ is not satisfactory. ‘Because it’s always been done that way’ is not satisfactory. ‘Stop asking questions’ is a challenge.

If your interested in further reading, a book published in 2006 Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management from the Harvard Business School Press provides an excellent introduction, as well as the references from the Wikipedia articles linked above

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