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Robert Maxwell

Doctor of Philosophy, (Management)
Study Completed: 2011
Massey Business School


Thesis Title
What's the value in 'Boot Camps': Means-end perspectives on motivational intervention in the outdoors.

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Motivational intervention courses or ‘boot camps’ for long-term unemployed aim to improve employment options and/or outcomes for participants. Mr Maxwell evaluated two outdoor motivational intervention programmes, Outward Bound’s Catalyst course and the Army’s Limited Service Volunteers (LSV), to determine their outcomes and identify the processes involved in producing them. This study is the first to focus on the specific population group attending motivational intervention courses, and found that the ‘boot camps’ increased participants’ self esteem, self confidence, self awareness and sense of belonging.

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