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Boundary conditions of workplace coaching outcomes

Jones, R. J. ORCID:, Woods, S. A. and Zhou, Y. (2018) Boundary conditions of workplace coaching outcomes. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 33 (7/8). pp. 475-496. ISSN 0268-3946

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JMP-11-2017-0390


Purpose In order to address the need for greater understanding about the occupational and practice determinants of effective workplace coaching, this study examines the associations of two coaching practice factors (coaching format and external versus internal coaching provision), and coachees’ job complexity with perceived outcomes from coaching. Design/methodology/approach A survey of 161 individuals who had received workplace coaching was conducted. Participants provided data on two outcome criteria (self-reported work well-being and personal effectiveness at work). Findings Analysis indicated that external coaches and blended format coaching were most strongly associated with work well-being outcomes. Our examination of interaction effects showed that coaching provided by external coaches was more strongly associated with outcomes for individuals working in the most complex job roles. Originality/value The original contribution of our findings are in terms of the implications for coaches, managers and HR practitioners by showing how coaching can be implemented differentially and most effectively based on desired outcome criteria and features of coachees’ job situations.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:79493
Uncontrolled Keywords:Coaching effectiveness; coaching outcomes; coaching practice factors; job complexity
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing


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