Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Richard Brynteson

Reader (Advisor 2)

Dr. Kimora Kachelmyer


The purpose of this thesis is to provide a literature review regarding a specific form of training and development in an organizational setting. The approach that will be explored is known synonymously as either Experiential Based Training and Development (EBTD) or Corporate Adventure Consulting (CAT). For consistency purposes, the paper will utilize EBTD as the primary method of reference unless a specific resource uses a form exclusively. The literature review will provide the following: the origins of EBTD, theoretical elements of EBTD, primary models that inform design and delivery of EBTD, research into the efficacy of EBTD, concerns regarding the use of EBTD, and a brief exploration of the future of EBTD.


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