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This paper is the fourth in a series of five papers that collectively explore management education and its value to workplace preparation. It is part of a multi-phase research study that was introduced in 2021 and is laser-focused on the growing profession of executive coaching. As business educators who are committed to preparing future leaders for the complexity of the workplace, we must ensure that the curriculum remains cutting-edge and satisfies the professional goals of our students and the needs of the leaders that will become their employers. The premise of integrating coaching as a component of management education, supports this commitment to workplace preparation. The design of this IRB approved study seeks insight from the primary stakeholders of business education; this includes senior leaders/employers, management faculty, and post-MBA graduates. This Part IV paper briefly summarizes the knowledge and insights presented in Parts 1, II, and III. Part I provided the theoretical framework for the larger study, Part II reported on the insights of senior leaders as the future employers of our graduates. Part III reported on the viewpoints of management faculty as related to their role as the gatekeepers of business education. Part IV reports the results of in-depth interviews with twelve (12) post-MBA graduates, now fully embedded in their professional lives. The research results reported in Part IV align with the expectations of the senior leaders, which is that coaching knowledge and skills need to be fully integrated into graduate business education.

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Northeast Business & Economics Association (NBEA) 2023

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SJU, HAUB School of Business


Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania


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