• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest International Business, Management, Communications, Project Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Alessandra Capezio
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course provides MBA candidates with the opportunity to consolidate, integrate, and apply their knowledge, tools and frameworks and EBMgt capabilities acquired in the MBA program, and to develop solutions to real world problems, opportunities, and innovation challenges. This course, as such, provides our MBA candidates with an integrated learning experience that will help them demonstrate the value-add of their MBA education not only within their organisations, but to further advance career, professional, and personal development. This course helps to further develop and strengthen all functional and core EBM capabilities (in particular the Assess & Apply skills), and also how to translate knowledge, and practice ethical and responsible management.

In this course after two weeks of classes on EBMgt tools and frameworks, MBA candidates will work individually on a 10-week self-directed applied project to develop, design, and implement (if warranted and feasible), an evidence-based innovative management decision to address a complex real world problem, opportunity, or innovation challenge (preferably within their organisation). In the Evidence-Based Management Course at the start of the program (MGMT7250), MBA candidates are tasked with a CAT (Critically Appraised Topic) where they examine the science behind a complex problem in their organisations. In this course, MBA candidates may choose to develop a solution to the problem that they carefully identified and analysed using an evidence-based approach, of which they may have an evolved understanding and appreciation of, in the EBMgt course at the start of the MBA program. 

There are several different options for the applied project:

1. A piloting and implementation proposal that relies on designing an evidence-based intervention or innovation in collaboration with their own organisation or an organisation of their choice. The outcome of this option is the proposal of methodological instruments and a well-laid out plan for implementation of the project.

2. A consultancy report that requires the MBA candidate to act as a consultant to work on a real life management or business problem of an organisation, a business, or a department that requires their EBMgt skills and knowledge to propose solutions through a properly structured and presented consultancy project (practicum). They will be responsible for finding a client, with the course convener then finalising the terms of the consulting project in conjunction with the student and the client.

3. A thesis related to an empirical problem within the candidate’s organisation or a department, business of their choice using an evidence-based management framework displaying all the related capabilities to ultimately propose appropriate EBMgt solutions and show academic contributions to the field of EBMgt.

4.An Evidence-Based Intervention or Innovation Proposal- For this option, MBA candidates have to write a report which will be presented to their organisation. In the report they are required to design and plan an evidence-based intervention or innovation, in collaboration with their organisation, with the purpose of piloting and implementation, to address a complex problem, opportunity, or innovation challenge. MBA candidates will be required to develop a detailed implementation plan with due consideration given to the tenets and principles of EBMgt, and Responsible Management. They will also be required to develop a detailed plan to evaluate and assess progress and success of the intervention.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate theoretical and critical knowledge in and across the different business and management courses in the MBA program using an evidence-based framework.
  2. critically analyse disciplinary information and knowledge from different sources and stakeholders using evidence-based tools and reasoning.
  3. systematically and critically apply the best evidence from and across the different disciplines to provide solutions in complex business environments.
  4. reflect on their learning experience to demonstrate that they have effectively achieved the learning outcomes the MBA program.
  5. incorporate principles of responsible management and ethical behaviour in evidence-based business problem decisions.
  6. effectively present an integrated and culminated learning experience, both orally and in writing.

Other Information

Weekly seminars (or other class activities) will be held and attendance at, and participation in, these classes is a key part of successful completion of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Peer-review of project progress (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. EBMgt project report based on the following options: a. Option 1: Evidence-based Pilot and implementation proposal b. Option 2: Evidence-based consulting project (practicum) The report will include: i) a Critically Appraised Topic (stepping stone in EBMgt course), ii) implementation and iii) assessment plan c. Option 3: A thesis, which would follow the format of an academic thesis with clear sections that include an introduction, a theoretical/literature/critical review, methodology, analysis and findings, discussion and finally conclusion with implications for theory and practice. (65) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  3. Oral defence of individual achievement of Integrated Learning in the MBA program More details will be provided later about elements of the assessment (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Reflection on individual achievement of Integrated Learning in the MBA program More details will be provided later about elements of the assessment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Students taking this course in First or Second Semester are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class (or equivalent) and at least 7 hours a week on average on course reading, research, writing and assessment work.

Where this course is offered in intensive delivery mode as a continuous block over a shorter period of time, the expected total time commitment for this course will be 130 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Management to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts, readings will be provided via course website.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4500
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4428 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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