ERIC Number: ED345899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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An Empirical Evaluation of a Corporate Outdoor-Based Training Program.
Wagner, Richard J.; Fahey, Dennis
Outdoor-based experiential training (OBET) programs are being used increasingly by U.S. business firms, but intense controversy surrounds their use and there is little empirical evidence concerning their validity. Changes in team building (group) and individual behaviors were assessed among 43 OBET participants who were managers or professional employees of an electrical products manufacturing company. Participants attended a 2.5-day OBET program integrating classroom and experiential activities. About two-thirds of the program was experiential in nature, using both low-ropes and high-ropes activities. The average age of participants was 43 years; 12% were female. Participants and a control group completed a self-report questionnaire immediately prior to training and 4 months after training. Results indicate a significant increase in work group awareness and acceptance of change for participants, but not for the control group. Neither group showed changes in work locus of control, trust in peers, self-esteem at work, or group (task) effectiveness. Management observers felt strongly that those employees who participated in OBET worked together more smoothly after training. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper presented at the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium (Bradford Woods, IN, April 22-25, 1992).