Prof. Rob Briner
Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London and was co-founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (www.cebma.org).
Evidence-based practice in organizational psychology: Where did we go wrong and how can we do it better?
The idea of evidence-based practice has been around for some time, yet it is still unclear that organizational psychology as a profession is particularly evidence-based. What exactly is evidence-based practice? How evidence-based is organizational psychology and how can we know? How has evidence-based practice been promoted and developed within the profession? Where did we go wrong in promoting the idea? How can the profession get better at evidence-based practice?
Rob is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London and was co-founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (www.cebma.org). His research has focused on several topics including well-being, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation, work-nonwork and everyday work behaviour.
Beyond academic research Rob helps practitioners and organizations make better use of evidence, including research evidence, in decision-making as well as encouraging academics to make research more accessible. He has written for and presented to practitioners on many aspects of HR and organizational psychology and is now involved in many initiatives aimed at developing and promoting evidence-based practice. He has received several awards for his work in this area including the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Academic Contribution to Practice Award in 2014 and topped HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinker list in 2016 and in 2019 received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was admitted to HR Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
He is regularly invited as a keynote to international conferences (examples below) and consults and delivers workshops mostly on evidence-based management to a range of public, private and third sector organizations (e.g., ARUP, Home Office, Kantar, MoD, Pearson, River Island, NSPCC, College of Policing).