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Understanding the rise of faculty-student coaching: an academic capitalism perspective

Andrews, H. ORCID: and Jones, R. J. ORCID: (2019) Understanding the rise of faculty-student coaching: an academic capitalism perspective. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18 (4). pp. 606-625. ISSN 1944-9585

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5465/amle.2017.0200


We examine the rise of coaching within management education to support student learning. We question the assumption that faculty-student coaching (FSC) is beneficial and propose that there may be some limitations in the use of FSC that have yet to be adequately acknowledged and discussed in the literature. In particular, we propose that there is currently insufficient evidence to conclude that coaching can produce knowledge acquisition and therefore ask why we persist in the use of FSC when we have limited evidence of its efficacy in delivering a core education outcome. We suggest that the theory of academic capitalism provides a useful, critical lens through which to view the growing trend in FSC, identifying that FSC may be utilized as a method of increasing student satisfaction, perceptions of value for money and as a useful marketing tool for business schools competing for students. However, academic capitalism may also explain the use of coaching via its ability to enhance the skills and attitudes of students, providing outcomes that are valued by students, employers and governments. We conclude our essay by providing recommendations to mitigate these proposed dangers and consequently maximise the effectiveness of coaching as a development tool in management education.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:84120
Publisher:Academy of Management


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