Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Sydney Business School


Coaching supervision has become the sine qua non for the rapidly expanding field of executive coaching, although much of the current theory and practice of supervision was developed for use in clinical and therapeutic disciplines. Despite an extensive literature discussing theories of supervision, there is little consideration in the literature of how supervision theories are applied in practice in executive coaching. This study addresses two key problems. Firstly, to what extent respondents consider theories, models, and functions of supervision relevant in the executive coaching context. Secondly, the study explores the link between theory and practice and whether any of the theories models and functions discussed, are applied in providing executive coaching supervision.

A qualitative study was undertaken using a Delphi study to explore the views of an expert group of academics and authors who teach and publish in the area of coaching supervision and an on-line survey to gather the views of executive coaches and coaching supervisors. A constructivist grounded theory methodology was used to analyse the findings and identify key themes that shape and influence theory and practice in executive coaching and the supervision of executive coaches.

FoR codes (2008)

170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing, 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified, 220319 Social Philosophy, 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)

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