The Influence of Three Aspects of Adaptation on the Relationships between Coaching and Work Outcomes

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016

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Title76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
PlaceUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5 - 9 August 2016

Abstract

Based on Bandura’s (1986) social cognitive theory, this paper examined the contextual effects of leaders’ coaching style on followers’ adaptation in three aspects, adaptive behaviour/ performance, adaptive cognition and adaptive affect in two studies. In study 1, we explored adaptive behavior and adaptive affect (i.e., job-related feelings of anxiety) as mediators of the relationships between two coaching styles and work outcomes (i.e., creativity and emotional exhaustion) in a 4-wave longitudinal field study with 304 experienced employees and 49 immediate supervisors. The results of multilevel structural equation modelling (ML-SEM) showed that two coaching styles (guidance and facilitation coaching) were significantly related to creativity and emotional exhaustion, mediated by both adaptive behavior and job-related feelings of anxiety, but in opposite directions. In study 2, we examined the contextual effects of coaching on adaptive performance, as well as the moderating effect of task-related expertise and the mediating effects of adaptive cognition, namely learning self-efficacy, and adaptive affect (i.e., cheerfulness and dejection). In an experiment with two conditions (i.e., guidance versus facilitation coaching), 209 participants who were first coached to use a spreadsheet program to perform data searching and analysis work and then asked to perform an adaptive task. We found that learning self-efficacy and two types of specific emotions (cheerfulness and dejection) mediated these relationships and task-related expertise was found to moderate the mediating effects. Implications for theory and managerial practice are discussed.

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  • Coaching, Emotions, Adaptation

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The Influence of Three Aspects of Adaptation on the Relationships between Coaching and Work Outcomes. / Hui, Ray Tak-yin; Sue-Chan, Christina.

2016. Paper presented at 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review