In the mid 1990’s, MIT sponsored a study of its employees to find out how to improve their managerial performance and discovered that coaching was a successful mechanism for building a sense of society between workers and managers. Today, according to the 2013 Executive Coaching Survey, while most CEO’s would like to receive outside leadership coaching, only one-third of them actually do. Of those CEO’s who do receive coaching, 78% said that being coached was their own idea. But just how successful has coaching really been in the past? How can it be improved upon? What are the possibilities for the future?
Advances in Developing Human Resources‘s Special Issue on Coaching and HRD explores these ideas in more and is available to read for free for the month of May! Andrea D. Ellinger of the University of Texas at Tyler and Sewon Kim of SUNY Empire State collaborated on the leading article, “Coaching and Human Resource Development: Examining Relevant Theories, Coaching Genres, and Scales to Advance Research and Practice.”
The Problem Coaching is a pervasive form of development that has garnered significant attention among scholars and practitioners. Although interest in coaching has grown considerably in recent years, coaching has been criticized as being opinion- and best-practice-based, as well as atheoretical. It has been critiqued as being an under-examined and researched concept.
The Solution The contributions in this issue address existing concerns in the literature by providing an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of coaching, synthesizing existing literature on research and practice related to genres, types and approaches to coaching, specifically executive coaching, managerial coaching, and action learning coaching. Furthermore, to spur research on coaching, a comprehensive review of currently available measurement instruments is provided.
The Stakeholders Researchers and scholarly practitioners in the human resource development (HRD) field, internal and external coaches, and line managers who are committed to improving the practice of and expanding empirical research on coaching will benefit from this special issue on coaching.
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