Diversifying Business Coaching in a South African Higher Education Context to Facilitate Research Output

By Retha G. Visagie and Jeanette Maritz.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The objectives of this research were to explore and describe the unique research output realities and needs of academics and students in order to diversify principles of business coaching in a higher education context. Based on the findings, research coaching is described as a methodology to support academics and students to facilitate research output. The total number of participants in this qualitative research was 75. A purposive sampling strategy was used. Triangulation was achieved through focus groups, naïve sketches, as well as observational and field notes. Findings reflected supervisors’ and students’ need for a nurturing research environment in order to manage dichotomous research output realities. Data were analysed through an open inductive approach and descriptive analysis.

Keywords: Research Coaching, Diversity, Support, Supervision, South African Higher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.196MB).

Dr. Retha G. Visagie

Part-Time Lecturer, Nursing Department, School of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

She is a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg since 2003. She is also a director of business, research and life coaching in a coaching practice. For the past six years she is conducting research focusing on business coaching in organisations. She has recently embarked on diversifying coaching as a tool to enhance research output in Institutions of Higher Education. She supervises Masters Candidates and has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. She is conducting qualitative research workshops for a number of Institutions of Higher Education.

Prof. Jeanette Maritz

Part-Time lecturer, School of Health Science, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Dr. Jeanette Maritz is a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. She is a director in a business, life and research coaching practice. For the past six years Jeanette has been conducting research focusing on unleashing performance in business organizations and Institutions for Higher Education. Dr Maritz completed her Masters degree in 2005 and her PhD in 2006. Her PhD focused on the development of a psycho-educational programme for team coaches to facilitate the mental health of managers. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences. Jeanette conducts qualitative workshops at a number of Higher Education Institutions.

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