Conceptualisation of the systemic organisational constellation method and a procedure for its application in coaching

Salome Scholtens*, Lisa Kiltz, Hedwig Boer, Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Joke Fleer

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Abstract

Systemic constellations are widely used in organisational coaching and consulting to provide a systemic perspective on organisations and teams. However, the method is derived from practical experience and lacks definitional and procedural clarity, which could lead to ineffective application and could hamper quality monitoring and scientific evaluation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to conceptualise the systemic organisational constellation method by developing a shared definition and delivering a procedure for its application. The methodology comprised two parts. First, a clear definition and outline of a procedure for applying the systemic organisational constellation method were formulated through a comprehensive review of the academic literature. Second, this definition and procedure were evaluated using inputs provided by 273 professionals who have used this method. We implemented an online survey between December 2020 and June 2021 to evaluate the definition and procedure, which was subsequently adjusted considering the respondents’ suggestions. The shared definition and procedure resulting from this study may enhance the quality and effectiveness of the method’s implementation, and may clear the way for evidence-based practice.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalCoaching
Early online date12-Jun-2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12-Jun-2023

Keywords

  • organisational coaching
  • organisational transformation
  • systemic intervention
  • systemic organisational constellation
  • team coaching

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