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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Education Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly D. Bradley


Professional coaching is still considered an emerging field. Over the past 30 years, professional coaches and researchers have worked to further this profession by developing coaching competencies, exploring the nuances between various coaching modalities, and developing models to explain the role of coaching in organizations. There remains, however, a dearth of literature on coaching culture, including limited agreement on what it is and how it should look in an organization.

This study aims to establish agreement by investigating the confluence of coaching culture definitions and models present in industry and scholarly literature, and garnering input from a sample of professionals from diverse industries. This multiphase multimethod study provides an essential step, which has been largely missing in literature, establishing an empirically derived foundation of important behaviorally-based attributes from which coaching culture can be measured.

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Funding Information

This study was supported by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) in 2021.