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What's happening in coaching and mentoring? And what is the difference between them?

David Clutterbuck (Senior Partner at Clutterbuck Associates, Burnham, UK.)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 27 June 2008




The purpose of this paper is to provide a summary of the latest developments in the field of corporate coaching and mentoring.


Provides a viewpoint on the coaching and mentoring field drawing on research from Europe and the US.


Structured or supported coaching and mentoring within organisations is evolving rapidly and research is at last beginning to provide valuable insights into effective practices. Some strongly‐held assumptions are being challenged along the way. Greater definitional clarity, within specific contexts, contributes to efficacy. Increasing professionalisation with the coaching and mentoring sector is being helped by dialogue between the various bodies representing coaches and mentors and by the spread of supervision.


The article provides a succinct overview of the current position of the corporate coaching and mentoring arena and offers insights into how the field will develop in the future.



Clutterbuck, D. (2008), "What's happening in coaching and mentoring? And what is the difference between them?", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 8-10.



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