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Academic background and credibility in executive coaching effectiveness

Gil Bozer (Managing Human Resources Department, Sapir Academic College, Shderot, Israel)
James C. Sarros (Department of Management, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Joseph C. Santora (Department of Management, International School of Management, Paris, France and Department of Management, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 26 August 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

Little empirical research has examined the role of coach characteristics in coaching success. The purpose of this paper is to address this gap in the literature by identifying and testing the relationships between a coach's academic background in psychology and credibility with executive coaching effectiveness as reflected in greater levels of individual outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

These factors were examined through a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design. Participants were drawn from the client bases of four Israeli executive coaching agencies.

Findings

A coach's academic background in psychology was positively related to executive coaching effectiveness as reflected in greater improvement in coachee self-awareness and job performance as reported by the direct supervisor. Further, coach credibility was positively related to executive coaching effectiveness as reflected in higher mean scores in coachee self-reported job performance.

Originality/value

Findings should assist businesses and educators in improving the formal preparation of coaches and in better identifying and selecting competent coaches. This may lead to better executive coaching design, implementation, and outcomes. Recommendations for future research are provided.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to Tim Theeboom for his helpful comments that contributed to the improvement of this paper.

Citation

Bozer, G., C. Sarros, J. and C. Santora, J. (2014), "Academic background and credibility in executive coaching effectiveness", Personnel Review, Vol. 43 No. 6, pp. 881-897. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-10-2013-0171

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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