The SAGE Handbook of Coaching presents a comprehensive, global view of the discipline, identifying the current issues and practices, as well as mapping out where the discipline is going. The Handbook is organized into six thematic sections: Part One: Positioning Coaching as a Discipline Part Two: Coaching as a Process Part Three: Common Issues in Coaching Part Four: Coaching in Contexts Part Five: Researching Coaching Part Six: Development of Coaches It provides the perfect reference point for graduate students, scholars, educators and researchers wishing to familiarize themselves with current research and debate in the academic and influential practitioners' literature on coaching.

Cross-Cultural Coaching: An Emerging Practice

Cross-Cultural Coaching: An Emerging Practice

Cross-Cultural Coaching: An Emerging Practice
Geoffrey N. AbbottRaija Salomaa


The world is highly and increasingly interconnected economically, socially and technologically; and, as a result, coaching assignments are invariably and increasingly ‘cross-cultural’ in some way. This interconnectedness is coupled with turbulence. We live and work in a global environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) characterised by constant change, including dangerous ruptures and positive innovation (Johansen, 2007; Bernstein, 2014). The practice of cross-cultural coaching is emerging and shaped by this heightened interconnectedness and complexity.

This developing field of interest has gained growing attention among coaching practitioners and scholars (Abbott et al., 2013) since Rosinski (2003) introduced his book Coaching across Cultures, where he combined coaching with cultural theories. Cross-cultural coaching is descriptive ...

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