We review the critically appraised topic (CAT) as an evidence-based tool in management research and provide original examples for consideration. The CAT is a highly condensed form of systematic literature review, collecting study findings to address a specific practice-oriented research question. Such questions often investigate the effectiveness of a known intervention. In addition, a CAT critiques the best evidence available by considering the rigor and validity of relevant published research. CATs consolidate investigations of research relevant to specific, practical treatments in the field. We include two different CAT examples from unique business settings to illustrate the fundamental elements and practices of CATs, and to show how these can be applicable to different business sectors and areas of practice. Based on these examples, we illustrate how the CAT provides a method to enable academics and practitioners to articulate a practice-oriented research question, examine research, and evaluate, consolidate and synopsize the available evidence. This format holds the potential to bridge the gap between the academic research world and the practitioners’ world by providing valid research as a basis for practitioners to improve their decision-making.
Moghadam, Jahan; Yates, Samuel W.; and Baskerville, Richard L.
"Critically Appraised Topic (CAT): Building a Library of Validated Practices.,"
Engaged Management ReView: Vol. 3
, Article 1.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.28953/2375-8643.1054
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