Exploring risk factors in peer coaching: a multilevel approach

Parker, Polly, Kram, Kathy E. and Hall, Douglas T. (2013) Exploring risk factors in peer coaching: a multilevel approach. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 49 3: 361-387. doi:10.1177/0021886312468484

Author Parker, Polly
Kram, Kathy E.
Hall, Douglas T.
Title Exploring risk factors in peer coaching: a multilevel approach
Journal name Journal of Applied Behavioral Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8863
Publication date 2013-09-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0021886312468484
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 3
Start page 361
End page 387
Total pages 27
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Peer coaching has become a recognized tool for career learning in response to the demands of the contemporary business environment. Researchers and practitioners alike have defined it as a dyadic relationship with the potential to foster significant learning for one or both parties. However, the potential of peer coaching to facilitate personal and professional development may be undermined if critical risk factors are not understood and addressed. Exploring the risk factors associated with peer coaching is the explicit focus of this conceptual article. We adopt an ecological lens to deepen understanding of the process of peer coaching, and to show how the interdependence among elements at different levels of analysis influences this relational exchange. This multilevel perspective highlights the dynamic nature of influences which differ in visibility, severity, and levels of the social fabric. We also draw on relational theory in careers, research on interpersonal relationships, and dysfunctional mentoring to predict ways in which effective peer coaching can be undermined. Finally, we propose intervention strategies for minimizing risk factors associated with peer coaching, and an agenda for future research.
Keyword Peer coaching
Risk factors
Career learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 10 December 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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