The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD)
presented Dr. Sewon Kim its Dissertation Award on May 23 at a
ceremony during the ASTD 2011 International Conference &
Exposition held here. This ASTD award recognizes an outstanding
dissertation that holds major implications for practitioners of
workplace learning and performance.
Dr. Kim's dissertation, titled "Managerial Coaching Behavior and
Employee Outcomes: A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis,"
examined employees' perceptions of the relationship between their
mangers' coaching behavior and employee affective and
performance-related responses, an area which lacks empirical
The study focused on a state government organization, and measured
six outcomes: role clarity, satisfaction with work, satisfaction
with manager, career commitment, organization commitment, and job
performance. Collected data revealed that managerial coaching
directly affected employee satisfaction with work and role clarity,
and indirectly affected satisfaction with work, career commitment,
job performance, and organization commitment. Results also
indicated that role clarity, as a direct outcome of managerial
coaching, influenced job performance.
Study findings demonstrate that managerial coaching motivates and
satisfies employees, and improves their commitment and performance
toward designated goal achievement, further supporting existing
theories. This research gives a clearer picture of managerial
coaching practices in organizations, and can potentially guide the
use of managerial coaching competency for hiring and developing
Dr. Kim received his PhD in August 2010, and is currently an
assistant professor in the Business, Management, and Economics
department at the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State.