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The New Discipline of Business Coaching?

Funding: 2004: $35,000
2005: $65,000
2006: $60,000
2007: $30,000

Project Member(s): Clegg, S., Rhodes, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Business Coaching Systems Pty Ltd
Business Thinking Systems Pty Ltd (Business Thinking Systems)

Start year: 2005

Summary: Business coaching combines business planning with facilitation techniques to assist clients in defining and achieving goals. Its recent emergence means its effects on managerial behaviour and organizational performance have not been rigorously researched. We will combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to investigate the craft of business coaching, to demonstrate what is important in business coaching; why it is important, and how it works. We will construct a model for business coaching that systematises best practice in a governance framework of interaction norms, processes and outputs. The research will set standards for this important but institutionally unregulated field of practice.

Keywords: Business coaching, Learning at work, Organizational studies, Management learning,

FOR Codes: Organisational Planning and Management, Professional Services (Legal, Management Consulting, etc.), Management, Commercial Services not elsewhere classified