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McCarthy, G. et al (2015). Coaching - Experiences of pluralism in a young discipline. British Academy of Management Conference - The Value of Pluralism in Advancing Management Research, Education and Practice 2015 (pp. 1-21). United Kingdom: British Academy of Management.


This paper explores the cross-disciplinary approaches adopted in coaching research, coaching education and coaching practice. Coaching is a young discipline which has attracted researchers and practitioners from a variety of different disciplines and professions. Focusing on coaching in organisational contexts, the paper explores the research approaches adopted in the papers published in two peer-reviewed journals dedicated to coaching research, the International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Research, and Coaching: an International Journal of Coaching Theory, Research and Practice. The paper next examines the curriculum content and pedagogical approaches in selected postgraduate coaching programs. Finally the paper looks at some of the approaches adopted by coaching practitioners and the support for an eclectic approach. The paper argues that conversations between researchers, educators and practitioners are important in taking the discipline forward, that more empirical research is needed, and that interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research would be beneficial.

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