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Action, reflection, and learning – coaching in order to enhance the performance of drug development project management teams

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High-performing project teams are crucial for effective research and development (R&D). To become high performing, teams need to make use of their different skills and reflect upon their collective actions, thereby combining knowledge that could lead to value-adding activities for the company. This article describes the use of team coaching in supporting team reflection and learning in global R&D project teams. A collaborative research approach was used during the 8 months of coaching, with several inquiry methods being employed. The results indicate that coaching interventions have a positive effect on team performance, both from an efficiency perspective as well as from a creativity and climate perspective. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed, as is future research.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Project Management at Chalmers University of Technology, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden , Email:

Publication date: November 1, 2005


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