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Outdoor experiential training as a catalyst for success

Alok Kumar Goel (Research Scholar in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India )
Geeta Rana (Research Scholar in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India )
Chitra Krishnan (Faculty & Research Coordinator, Amity International Business School, Amity University, Noida, India )

Publication date: 10 July 2012


Subject area

Human resource management, Training and development, Competency development and team spirit.

Study level/applicability

The case is intended for MBA/PGDM level students as part of a human resource management curriculum. The case is more diagnostic in nature and should be discussed in the same spirit. The case is suitable for developing conceptual thinking and community orientation of professionals aspiring or pursuing a career in the area of human resource management.

Case overview

The case examines the imperatives behind Sterling Tools Limited (STL), a leading fasteners manufacturing Indian company's decision and strategy adopted to inculcate team spirit through outdoor experiential training (OET). The case explores in detail the process undertaken to execute the OET at STL. The case also briefly mentions the tangible benefits of OEL. The case is structured to enable readers to: understand the basic objectives of OET; understand the innovative approach adopted by STL; and understand how an organization responds to changes and challenges in the external environment.

Expected learning outcomes

This case is structured to enable students to: understand the meaning and significance of outdoor experiential training (OET); analyze the challenges faced by HR managers in modern day organizations; learn the conceptual framework and understand the principles of OET; examine the measures that can be taken by management to ensure a smooth induction and socialization process of employees; and understand the need of inculcating team spirit among employees.

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available.



Goel, A.K., Rana, G. and Krishnan, C. (2012), "Outdoor experiential training as a catalyst for success", , Vol. 2 No. 5.



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