Events and Publications


Meetings, conferences, and other activities

On this page, we inform you about relevant (upcoming and past) events that are either directly associated with the project “Questioning Sequences in Coaching”, with one of the project’s teams, or with single project members.

ICCAP 2024

The “International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy” takes place from March 13 to 15 at the IDS in Mannheim.


Following the ICCAP 2024 conference, on March 16, the 4th annual meeting of the JUNKTIM association will also take place at the IDS in Mannheim.

Team Meeting

To celebrate the end of the project “Questioning Sequences in Coaching”, the team will meet once more from March 20 to 23 in Zurich.

Past events


Project kick-off meeting

The official project kick-off meeting of “Questioning Sequences in Coaching” took place online on March 1, 2021. For more information, see our news article.

First project meeting

After the official kick-off, the first regular QueSCo project meeting took place on May 27, 2021. For more information, see our news article.

Guest lecture on “online health coaching”

On June 18, 2021, as a part of the initiative Public Health at the University of Klagenfurt, Elke Berninger-Schäfer (Karlsruher Institut) gave a guest lecture on “online health coaching”. You can find a detailed report on the lecture here.

Coaching controversy

On June 23, 2021, Eva-Maria Graf took part in an online discussion on the topic “What does academic research really contribute to the professionalization of coaching!?” The event was organized and chaired by Robert Wegener (FHNW) For more information, see our news article.

17th International Pragmatics Conference

On July 2, 2021, as part of the panel “Applied Linguistics in the Professions: The Value of Transdisciplinary in a Changing World”, Frédérick Dionne gave a talk on “Questioning Practices in Executive Coaching: A Discussion of How to Integrate Practical and Scholarly Perspectives.”

Online talk on gender in coaching

In July 2021, Eva-Maria Graf gave an online talk organized by the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache in Greifswald. The talk dealt with the topic “The discursive (re)construction of gender in executive coaching: An Applied Linguistic analysis of its forms and functions.”

AILA Conference 2021

On August 17, Eva-Maria Graf and Frédérick Dionne gave a talk on “Transdisciplinarity and Executive Coaching? An Example of Researching Questioning Practices” at the World Congress of Applied Linguistics 2021. Their conbribution was part of the panel on “Applied Linguistics in the Professions: The Value of Transdisciplinarity in a Changing World”.

QueSCo Team Meeting in Mannheim

Between August 15 and 17, the first meeting of the “Questioning Sequences in Coaching” teams from Austria, Germany and Switzerland took place at the Leibniz-Institute for the German Language in Mannheim. For the first time, the team members could work together productively and intensively in a face-to-face setting. You can read up on our first entire team meeting here.

Winter School in Innsbruck

On November 13, Frédérick Dionne gave a presentation on agenda-thematizing questions in Coaching in the context of the 6th Winter School organized by the University of Innsbruck focusing on the potentials of Applied Linguistics.

67th Meeting of the “Arbeitskreis Angewandte Gesprächsforschung” in Fulda

On November 12, Melanie Fleischhacker also gave a presentation on the role of questions in negotiatinig the agenda in coaching at the 67th meeting of the “Arbeitskreis Angewandte Gesprächsforschung”. Additionally, she presented first sequential analyses of agenda-thematizing questions in coaching.

Keynote Speech at the “Coaching meets Research” Congress 2021

On November 19, 2021, Eva-Maria Graf gave a keynote speech at the congress “Coaching meets Research … Coaching Essentials 1980-2050”. In her presentation “Zu Formen und Wirksamkeit des Coaching-Gesprächs – Fragen Sie Ihre Linguistin” (Regarding forms and effectiveness of the coaching conversation – Consult your linguist), she gave an overview of existing coaching process research, then focused on linguistic coaching process research and, finally, presented the project “Questioning Sequences in Coaching” and first insights.

Team Linguistics and QueSCo Meetings

From November 15 to 18, 2021, the linguists Thomas Spranz-Fogasy, Eva-Maria Graf, Frédérick Dionne and Melanie Fleischhacker met at the IDS in Mannheim to intensively work on the category system for (coaching-specific) question types. For more information, click here. Also, the entire QueSCo team got together for a three-day online meeting, between November 27-29. The interdisciplinary workflow and collaboration as well as the joint development of a coding manual were at the centre of this meeting.



On January 20, 2022, Eva-Maria Graf gave a keynote speech on lingustic coaching research at the 18th “Coaching and Mentoring Conference” organised annually by the Oxford Brookes University (London). Further information on the conference can be found here.

1st New Year’s Meeting

On January 21, 2022, the entire QueSCo team got together for the first time in the new year to finalise the coding scheme for question types and to start working on a system for questioning sequences. Further info on the coding scheme can be found here.

QueSCo meeting

From April 6 to 9, 2022, the second personal meeting of our project team was hosted by Team Klagenfurt and took place at the University of Klagenfurt. Find more information on the meeting in our blog post.


In the framework of the Symposium “Konstruktiv, wertschätzend, digital – Beraten in der Hochschullehre” from May 9 to 13, 2022, our QueSCo teammembers held different workshops and keynotes. Further information on the symposium and the contents of our teammembers’ contributions can be found in the corresponding blog post.

Treffen des Arbeitskreises Angewandte Gesprächsforschung (AAG)

From May 13 to 14, 2022, Thomas Spranz-Fogasy took part in the 68th meeting of the “Arbeitskreis Angewandte Gesprächsforschung (AAG)” at the Heidelberg University of Education and gave a lecture on basic and applied research.

FAF conference

As part of the FAF conference of the DBVC on July 11, 2022, Eva-Maria Graf and Hansjörg Künzli introduced our project. You can find more on this talk here.

Dietz Training: Lecture

In the course of the Dietz Training Alumni Meeting 2022, Eva-Maria Graf will be giving a lecture on “Questions in Coaching – Insights into what we and our clients really do” on July 24, 2022 at 9.15 a.m. You can find more on Dietz Training here.

BAAL 2022

This year’s BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics) conference took place at the Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from September 1 to 3, 2022. More information on the conference can be found here or on their website.

ICCAP 2022

The International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy (ICCAP) 2022 took place from September 8 to 10, 2022, in Gent, Belgium. To find out more about the conference, visit their web presence or click here.

ALAPP 2022

At this year’s ALAPP conference, which took place from September 15-17 in Jyväskylä, Finland, team QueSCo was represented by two teams with two talks. More information on that can be found here.

QueSCo meeting Zurich

From September 25 to 28, 2022, our third personal meeting of our project team was hosted by Team Switzerland, which invited us for the project meeting at the ZHAW in Zurich.

Guest lecture

On October 13, 2022, Peter Muntigl from the University of Gent is giving a guest lecture about empathic practices in psychotherapy at the University of Klagenfurt. Find more information on the guest lecture here.

Online conference

The virtual conference “Digital Meeting for Conversation Analysis” took place from October 10 to November 4, 2022. More information on the conference can be found on their website.


The Coaching Psychology Pod

Eva-Maria Graf was a guest on The Coaching Psychology Pod by Dr. Natalie Lancer on Apple Podcasts on January 5, 2023, which will be released shortly.

Talk in Essen

Lara Calasso gave a talk at the “26. Fachtagung der Gesellschaft für angewandte Wirtschaftspsychologie (GWPs)”, which took place from February 23 to 25, 2023, at the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Essen.

Team Meeting

Team QueSCo from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland gathered for the fourth overall team meeting in Mannheim from June 4th to 7th, 2023. More info on the meeting can be found here.

Publication Manual

Our coding manual for coaching-specific question types and questioning sequence types was finished at the beginning of the month and finally published online on June 9th, 2023, on our homepage under Results but also via the repository of University of Klagenfurt. More regarding our manual can be found in our blog entry.

ICCA 2023

Thomas Spranz-Fogasy has, together with Susanne Kabatnik & Caroline Fenner, held a talk about “Delicacy in Helping Settings: Comparing Three Institutional Formats of Help: Individual Psychotherapy, Group Therapy and Coaching” at this year’s ICCA in Brisbane.

AILA 2023

Eva-Maria Graf and Sabine Jautz held a talk about “Establishing and processing communication at eye level in first sessions in coaching” at this year’s AILA Congress in Lyon.

IPRA 2023

Eva-Maria Graf and Thomas Spranz-Fogasy (in co-operation with Susanne Kabatnik) organised the panel “Practices of Knowledge Management in Helping Interactions” at this year’s IPrA conference in Brussels.

English Data

Recently, Team QueSCo has been working with Dr Fiona Day from Leeds, England, in order to gather our first English speaking data. For more please have a look at our news post or Fiona Day’s website.

Manual V2

On July 14, 2023 the second version of the coding manual was published, which contains some additions with regard to the 3rd position. The manual can be found here.


Eva-Maria Graf was a guest on The Coaching Psychology Pod by Dr. Natalie Lancer on Apple Podcasts in January which was released on September 1st. The podcast episode can be found here.

Team meeting in Klagenfurt

The QueSCo team met between November 19 and 22 in Klagenfurt to discuss the results of the quantitative analysis carried out by the psychologists. But also to talk about next steps such as common publications and presentations.


Planned publications

Calasso, Lara F., Burtscher, Michael J., & Künzli, Hansjörg (in preparation). Doing the right thing at the right moment: Initial validation of a temporal model of executive coaching behavior.
Dionne, Frédérick, & Graf, Eva-Maria. (in preparation). When cliens’ reaching for success leads to them “practically lying dead on the floor”: Transforming clients’ perceptions in business coaching interactions.
Fleischhacker, Melanie, Dionne, Frédérick, & Graf, Eva-Maria (in preparation). Agenda-thematizing questions in (business) coaching. Negotiating epistemic and deontic territories. Journal of Pragmatics.
Fleischhacker, Melanie, Graf, Eva-Maria, & Vehviläinen, Sanna (in preparation). The sequential organization of questions for solution generation in business coaching. From smooth to troublesome sequences. Discourse Studies.
Fleischhacker, Melanie, & Vehviläinen, Sanna (in preparation). What happens before questions? Prior actions to questions for solution generation in business coaching. Journal of Pragmatics.
Graf, Eva-Maria, Kabatnik, Susanne, & Fleischhacker, Melanie (under revision). “wenn wir jetzt in den nächsten minutn die wir zusammen hier für das gespräch habn dieser frage nachgehn. woran würden sie so anfangn festzustellen dass wir da in ner richtigen richtung unterwegs sin?” – Eine gesprächsanalytische Typologisierung von Fragen zur Lösungsentwicklung im Business Coaching. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Linguistik.

Theses and planned theses

Burkhart, Rukiye (2024). Selbstreflexionsprozesse im Coaching. Relationierungspraktiken als Reaktion auf Fragen zur Problemausarbeitung und Lösungsentwicklung. Master thesis, University of Mannheim.
Calasso, Lara F. Doing the right thing at the right moment – the temporal model of executive coaching behavior (Doctoral Thesis)
Dionne, Frédérick. Responsiveness in Questioning Sequences: A Focus on Business Coaching Practices. (Doctoral Thesis)
Fleischhacker, Melanie. A linguistic analysis of questioning sequences including their prior actions: A focus on solution generation in business coaching. (Doctoral Thesis)
Guthoff, Muriel (2022). Das innere Team im Job-Coaching. Analysen zur Erstaufstellung und Lösungsentwicklung. Master thesis, University of Mannheim.
Moos, Chantal (2022). Zielaushandlung und Agenda-Setting Aktivitäten. Eine gesprächsanalytische Untersuchung von Fragesequenzen in authentischen Coaching-Gesprächen. Master thesis, University of Mannheim.
Turgut, Miriam (2024). Fragen zur Lösungsentwicklung im Coaching und ihr interaktionaler (Miss-)Erfolg. Master thesis, University of Mannheim.
Weber, Annalena. Gelenkstellen im Coaching. Von der Problemausarbeitung zur Lösungsentwicklung. (Project Thesis)

Published contributions and previous findings

Calasso, Lara F., Burtscher, Michael J., & Künzli, Hansjörg (2024). What are executive coaches actually doing and when are they doing it? A systematic review of coaching behavior. Consulting Psychology Journal. 10.1037/cpb0000267Access Publication
Deplazes, Silvia, Graf, Eva-Maria, & Künzli, Hansjörg (2018). Das TSPP-Modell – Eine Blaupause für die Coaching Prozessforschung. Coaching | Theorie & Praxis, 4, 69-82.Access Publication
Dionne, Frédérick, Fleischhacker, Melanie, Muntigl, Peter & Graf, Eva-Maria. (2024). Resisting wh-questions in business coaching. Frontiers in Psychology. Open Access. DOI: Access Publication
Fleischhacker, Melanie & Graf, Eva-Maria (2023). New ways of investigating coaching: linguistic research on executive, business and workplace coaching – a systematic scoping review. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. Open Access: 10.1080/17521882.2023.2284166Access Publication
Fleischhacker, Melanie & Graf, Eva-Maria (2024). A closer look into the ‘black box’ of coaching – linguistic research into the local effectiveness of coaching with the help of conversation analysis. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. Open Access: 10.1080/17521882.2024.2312295Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, & Dionne, Frédérick (2021). ‚Knowing that‘, ‚knowing why‘ and ‚knowing how‘: Aligning perspectives and assembling epistemes for a transdisciplinary analysis of questioning sequences in Executive Coaching. A research journey. Special issue of AILA Review, 34(1), 56-78.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, Dionne, Frédérick, & Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas (2020). How to investigate the local and global change potential of questioning sequences in executive coaching? A call for interdisciplinary research. Scandinavian Studies in Language, 11(1), 214-238.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, & Dionne Frédérick (2021). Coaching Research in 2020. About Destinations, Journeys and Travelers (Part II). International Coaching Psychology Review 16 (2), 6-21.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, Dionne, Frédérick, & Fleischhacker, Melanie (2023). The Transformational Power of Questioning Practices in Coaching – Insights from Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Research. In: Power in Language, Culture, Literature and Education: The Perspectives of English Studies, published by Marta Degani and Werner Delanoy, 119-149. Narr/Francke/Attempto.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, Künzli, Hansjörg, & Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas. (2024). Fragepraktiken im Coaching. Erkenntnisse aus einem interdisziplinären Forschungsprojekt. Coaching Magazin, 1(2024), 49-53.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, & Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas (2018). Welche Frage, wann und warum? Eine qualitativ-linguistische Programmatik zur Erforschung von Frage-Sequenzen als zentrale Veränderungspraktik im Coaching. Coaching | Theorie & Praxis, 4, 17-32.Access Publication
Graf, Eva-Maria, & Ukowitz, Martina (2020). Transdisziplinarität in der Coaching-Prozessforschung – Neue Wege der Zusammenarbeit. Coaching | Theorie & Praxis, 6, 1-16.Access Publication
Jautz, Sabine, Graf, Eva-Maria, Fleischhacker, Melanie, & Dionne, Frédérick. (2023). Agenda-setting in first sessions of business coaching—a focus on coaches’ practices to manage the agenda and establish the working alliance. Frontiers in Psychology. Open Access. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1232090Access Publication
Kabatnik, Susanne & Eva-Maria Graf (2021). Lösungsorientierte Fragen im Coaching- und Psychotherapie-Gespräch – Ein gesprächslinguistischer Vergleich ihres interaktionstypspezifischen, lokalen Veränderungspotentials. Coaching | Theorie & Praxis, 7(1), 99-115. Access Publication
Moos, Chantal, Fleischhacker, Melanie, Dionne, Frédérick, Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas & Graf, Eva-Maria (2023). Fragen als Motor für Veränderung? Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt zu Fragepraktiken im Business-Coaching. Sprachreport, 39(2), 28-35.Access Publication
Moos, Chantal, & Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas. (2024). „now once again this idea of yours (…) how does it sound when I say that?“ Changing the perspective: How coach’s questioning practices elicitate self-reflecting processes in clients. Frontiers in Psychology. Open Access. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1241489Access Publication
Scarvaglieri, Claudio, Graf, Eva-Maria, & Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas (2022). Relationships in Organized Helping. Analyzing interaction in psychotherapy, medical encounters, coaching and in social media. John Benjamins Publishing Company.Access Publication
Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas, Graf, Eva-Maria, Ehrenthal, Johannes C., & Nikendei, Christoph (2019). Beispiel-Nachfragen im Kontext von Veränderung: Elizitierungs- und Prozessierungsstrategien in Psychotherapie und Coaching-Gesprächen. In E.-M. Graf, C. Scarvaglieri, & T. Spranz-Fogasy (Hrsg.), Pragmatik der Veränderung. Problem- und lösungsorientierte Kommunikation in helfenden Berufen (S. 177-209). Tübingen: Gunter Narr.Access Publication
Spranz-Fogasy, Thomas, Graf, Eva-Maria, Ehrenthal, Johannes C., & Nikendei, Christoph (2019). Requesting Examples in Psychodiagnostic Interviews: Therapists’ Contribution to the Sequential Co-construction of Clients’ Change. Communication and Medicine, 16(2), 129-141.Access Publication