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An exploration of the use of coaching and mentoring in the supervision of doctoral students in UK university business schools

Cook, J, Nichol, L and Loon, M (2015) An exploration of the use of coaching and mentoring in the supervision of doctoral students in UK university business schools. In: UFHRD 2015 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice, 3 - 5 June 2015, University College Cork, Ireland.

Abstract

Purpose: to consider and evaluate the student and supervisor experience of doctoral supervision (dyadic and triadic) and specifically the value of using coaching and mentoring approaches (process and relationship) in supervisory practice. Design/methodology/approach: phase one is a mixed methods study exploring the use of coaching and mentoring in doctoral supervision on traditional and taught doctoral programmes in one UK university business school. The focus is on developing a conceptual model for doctoral supervisory practice for the transfer of learning and the improvement of practice. Phase two will be a collaborative action research study in a range of UK university business schools to use, reflect on and refine the conceptual model of supervision. Findings: the initial findings from phase one will be reported on at the conference presentation. Research limitations/implications: we have tentative agreements from four UK university business schools for phase two (subject to ethics approval). Practical implications: students and supervisors participating in the research will benefit from having the opportunity to review and improve their practice; the participating business schools will have the opportunity to review and potentially revise their doctoral student and supervisor training; and a business school?s reputation for high quality doctoral supervision could be enhanced. Social implications: could potentially benefit numerous future students and supervisors across a wide range of UK university business schools. Originality/value: there does not appear to be any previously published research on the use of coaching and mentoring in doctoral supervision in UK university business schools for the transfer of learning and improvement of practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: doctoral supervision, coaching, mentoring, university business schools
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2017 22:06
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2017 22:06
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/9671
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