Factors Affecting Workplace Outcomes: Examining the New Zealand Army's Experiential Leadership Courses


  • Heather M. Rhodes Massey University
  • Andrew J. Martin Massey University




outdoor adventure, outcomes, workplace


In this case study, we specifically examined the course factors that influenced the changes published by Rhodes and Martin (2013), who examined the extent and type of changes in workplace attitudes and behavior as reported by soldiers who had participated in 6- to 12-day Experiential Leadership Development Activities (ELDAs) delivered by the New Zealand Army Leadership Centre (NZALC) and as reported by their colleagues. The findings were based on analysis of a questionnaire administered to participants (N = 50) and their workplace colleagues 8 weeks after the course. The findings indicate the key factors influencing the degree to which students changed after the course were being challenged during their course, understanding the relevance of the course and their learning to the workplace, and having mechanisms and strategies in place after the course to remind them of their learning and encourage further reflection. This research provides greater understanding of how outdoor adventure education courses affect participant development outcomes and of the benefit of postcourse reflection and peer feedback in enhancing application of learning in the workplace.






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