The Limits of Rationality and Evidence for Practice and Policy: Paradoxes and Possibilities

Event Type: Research Lecture

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Prof. Mark Learmonth (Professor of Organisation Studies, Business School, Durham University)

Date: 24 Sep 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Venue: RLB502, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: English



1) Refreshment will be provided. 
2) Free Admission.
3) Registration is not compulsory but recommended for seat-reservation and news update.


Evidence-based practice (EBP) originated in medicine and has proved successful in improving many areas of healthcare. However, EBP’s success in fields outside health has been much more mixed. Enthusiasm for EBP among practitioners in these areas has been relatively muted and examples of practical improvements are hard to find.  Focusing on the theory and practice of management, the lecture will explore the reasons for these differences and what the benefits – and the limits – of social scientific ‘evidence’ might be. 


About the Presenter

Mark Learmonth is Professor of Organization Studies at Durham University, UK, having previously worked at the Universities of Nottingham and York. Before academia, he was a health care administrator in the UK’s National Health Service. Mark has conducted extensive qualitative research, all of which has been concerned, broadly speaking, with investigating the personal consequences of work. He has also written theoretically about topics including evidence-based management and leadership. He is currently working on a Corpus Linguistics project.

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