The emergent ‘coaching industry’: a wake-up call for HRD professionals

Robert G. Hamlin, Andrea D. Ellinger, Rona Beattie

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    Recent years have seen the rapid growth of an emergent ‘coaching industry’ in many countries with some scholars calling for the development of a ‘coaching profession’ replete with its own clear identity, clear boundaries and unique body of knowledge. Yet, at the same time, coaching has also been conceived as a necessary area of expertise and skill set among contemporary HRD professionals. Therefore, this article reports the results of a comparative study of the different conceptualizations and definitions of ‘coaching’ and contemporary HRD as reported in the literature. Results suggest that the intended purposes and processes associated with both fields of practice are virtually the same. The challenge and dilemma posed by these results are described from both a coaching and HRD perspective, and are discussed in terms of seeing the findings of this comparative study as a wake-up call for HRD professionals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287-305
    Number of pages19
    JournalHuman Resource Development International
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


    • coaching industry
    • HRD professionals
    • human resource development


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    • Coaching in the HRD Context

      Ellinger, A. D., Beattie, R. S. & Hamlin, R. G., 2016, The SAGE Handbook of Coaching. Bachkirova, T., Spence, G. & Drake, D. (eds.). London: SAGE Publications, 35 p.

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