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Challenges for the theory and practice of business coaching: A systemic review of empirical evidence

Challenges for the theory and practice of business coaching: A systemic review of empirical evidence

Blackman, Anna, Morsardo, Gianna and Gray, David E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3881-5083 (2016) Challenges for the theory and practice of business coaching: A systemic review of empirical evidence. Human Resource Development Review, 15 (4). pp. 459-486. ISSN 1534-4843 (Print), 1552-6712 (Online) (doi:10.1177/1534484316673177)

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Abstract

Until recently, there has been little published systematic empirical research into business coaching. This article reports on a systematic, critical review of 111 published empirical papers investigating business coaching theory, processes, and outcomes. The present article identifies a significantly larger body of empirical research than covered in previous reviews and uses a Systematic Review methodology (SRm) to conduct a comprehensive review of the available empirical evidence into business coaching effectiveness focusing on implications for theoretical development, practice (within human resource development) and further research in this area. This review identifies convergence around factors that contribute to perceived effective coaching practice but nevertheless highlights a number of issues to be resolved in further research. These include determining the primary beneficiaries of coaching, the factors that contribute to coach credibility, and how the organizational and social context impacts on coaching. Weaknesses in coaching research methodology and research gaps are also noted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coaching; Business coaching; Coaching effectiveness; Coaching research; Systematic review
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2018 20:55
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT d
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16329

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