Coaching. Theoretical basis and applied directions

Lucia Raţiu, Adriana Băban


Coaching is now a common practice for human development and change and, especially an instrument for organizational development. Although widely used, coaching does not have a precise scientific framework, as it is a field in the theoretical construction phase. This article provides a critical review of studies on coaching in order to summarize the theoretical models which support research, to identify the results in this field, and to present the mechanisms for change and efficiency in coaching. The results reported are still insufficient to conclude on the relationship between certain factors and the benefits of coaching. Finally future research directions are presented to clarify the components and the purpose of the coaching process.


coaching;executive coaching;change mechanisms in coaching;coaching effectiveness


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