Chinese culture and coaching in Hong Kong
P Lam International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2016
Coaching is a Western concept introduced into the Hong Kong Chinese society almost two decades ago. Confucianism, the underlying Chinese cultural principles, and Hofstede’s five dimensions of culture (1980, 1997, 2001) are examined to determine the cultural characteristic of Hong Kong. This mixed methods study analyzes data collected via a focus group and a small scale survey to investigate how Hong Kong Chinese coaches and coachees feel about the compatibility of coaching with their Chinese cultural heritage. The findings will provide insights into the training of coaches in Hong Kong and lay the ground work for further research in multicultural coaching.