Profile: Everest Leadership and Teamwork

Title Everest Leadership and Teamwork
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Sponsor/Producer Harvard Business School Publishing
Developer Forio Online Simulations/ Harvard Business School Publishing
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Company Description Forio Sim technology distinguishes itself from fixed, step-by-step or first-person, video game-style simulations by employing proven pedagogical strategies to challenge and sharpen your workforce’s capacity for strategic thinking. More advanced than "branching video" simulations, Forio Sims excel at modeling and reinforcing sophisticated behaviors, solidifying important training principals and leaving measurable, long-term results.
Description You and four other team members will attempt to summit Mount Everest in this collaborative multi-player simulation. There are five camps or checkpoints along the route to the Summit (top) of Mt. Everest. At each camp, team members analyze information on weather, health conditions, supplies, goals, or hiking speed, and determine how much of that information to communicate to their teammates.
Categories/Folksonomy Leadership, Team Building, Communication, Group Decision Making
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Price $37.50/user corporate training or executive education, $12.50/user academic
Demo Available yes
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Platform(s) Broswers Based using IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
Customizable (1 to 10) 5
Special Hardware None
Toolkit/Language used HTML5
Year Designed 2011
LMS Integration/ SCORM Yes
Skill Level (Corporate/Military/Government)/Grade Level (Academic) MBA
Student time 1-3 hours
Available ([O]pen / [R]estricted by Organization / [N]o longer Available Open
Single player/Multiplayer multiplayer
Category: Course with sims | simulations | serious games | game Serious Game


  1. Clark, help me understand the pedagogical validity of learning business leadership skills by practicing a task that is NOT business leadership? Can we count on the transfer-ability, of these competencies to real-world? I'd appreciate your commentary on the evidence to support this approach.

  2. Putting teams in microcosms/abstracted situations with debriefings is a time-honored technique for safely and predictably building legitimate experience to better handle subsequent, productive-world challenges. As far as evidence goes, you may have to ask Forio or HBSP, but my first answer is always, show me the evidence framework that would convince you, and we can start from there.

  3. Dan_Topf - help me understand the pedagogical validity of learning business leadership skills in any business other than the one you end up going into. Unless you view all leadership skills as being cross-applicable, there's no point in prioritizing a particular business simulation over promoting leadership skills in general. I would suggest that you bear an equal burden of proof to argue your point.