Financial sponsor

(Industrial) coaching at universities

Positive effects of coaching and career counseling in business contexts are well-documented. Recognition and usage of coaching in talent management at universities and research institutions is increasing. However, empirical research on the effects of coaching in this context is largely lacking, especially in the long run. As a consequence, the extent to which the methods of business coaching are effective in a research context is not clear yet. Neither do we know the individual and relational factors upon which these effects may be contingent. This is problematic because universities and research institutions spending funds on coaching of researchers need clarity about the expected effects. Furthermore, coaches who act in this context may need specific qualification to address the particular problems and topics of researchers. Therefore, an evaluation of coaching in universities and research institutions is needed.

Project Goal
The present study addresses the before mentioned issues and evaluates the effectiveness of coaching for researchers and staff of the physical institute with a focus on the following research questions:

  • Measuring hard (objectively measurable) and soft (subjective) factors in order to evaluate the holistic effect of coaching
  • Which individual and contextual factors predict the success of coaching for researchers / institute staff?
  • What are long-term-effects of coaching?
  • How does convergence/divergence of coaches’ and coachees’ view on the coaching process influence outcomes?


In a four-wave survey, short- and long-term effects are investigated, including potentially relevant moderators and mediators of these effects. The design combines data from coaches and their respective coachees in order to address effects of coaches’ background and fit between coaches and coachees.

Project Team
Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe

Dr. Theresa Treffers

Kai Uhlemann, M.Sc.

Cooperation Partner
Dr. Rolf Loschek, Chronos Management Consulting

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Bluhm, II. Physikalisches Institut, RWTH Aachen

Kai Uhlemann, M.Sc.
Chair for Strategy and Organization
Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe
Technical University of Munich
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München
T: +49 89 289 24812

October 2019 – July 2023

We thank the VolkswagenStiftung for financially sponsoring this project.