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Mark de Rond

Mark de Rond

Reader in Strategy & Organisation
Fellow of Darwin College

DPhil (University of Oxford)

Research interests

Studying people by living with them under similar conditions, to try and understand how we experience, organise, and think about our world. Mark's fieldwork has included long stints with war surgeons in Afghanistan, elite rowers in Cambridge, biochemists in Oxford, and comedians in London. His most recent project involved rowing the length of the Amazon river so as to learn, first-hand, how collaboration unfolds, and how problems are solved, under trying conditions.

Subject-wise, his research focuses specifically on: (1) the experience of being human in collaborative high-performance environments; (2) the means by which teams solve problems collectively; and (3) the causal explanations people give of why things are as they are and not otherwise.

Subject group: Organisational Theory & Information Systems

Professional experience

Mark's unique fieldwork and teaching approach have fostered an eclectic portfolio of executive education clients, including several 'magic circle' law firms, IBM, McKinsey, KPMG, PWC, Shell, OfCom, Stephenson Harwood, Herbert Smith, Lloyds-TSB, Diageo, Rolls Royce, and BT among many others. He received training in mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School, is part of the University mediation team, and holds advanced degrees in management and economics, photojournalism and documentary photography. His research has featured widely in the press, including in The Economist, TIME magazine, The Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Week, Der Spiegel, Forbes, The Huffington PostThe Los Angeles Times, The Evening StandardThe Wall Street Journal, and on the BBC. His photographs have been published in The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and by the BBC News.

Previous appointments

Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Mark was an assistant professor in strategy at ESSEC Business School, Paris, a college lecturer at University College and Trinity College (University of Oxford), a research fellow at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2001), and a Fulbright visiting scholar at Stanford University (2008).

Awards & honours

  • Sandra Dawson Research Impact Award ("in recognition of the outstanding impact of his research into the social dynamics of high performing teams"), 2016
  • Winner, BAAG Afganistan Journalism Competition (based on Mark's work on understanding the sociological basis of war-related PTSD), 2015
  • Finalist, OMT Best Published Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2014 (selected as one of four finalists from all articles published during 2013 in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, American Sociological Review and American Journal of Sociology judged to have made the most significant contributions to theorising about organisations)
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2014
  • Guinness World Record for the first people to have rowed the navigable length of the Amazon river, 2013 (Mark undertook this challenge as part of his ethnographic research into the nature of collaboration and problem solving under difficult circumstances)
  • Gold Winner in the Feature Story Category and Gold Winner in the War Category, Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) (these photos are part of Mark's work on PTSD among military medics and soldiers), 2013
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2012
  • Imagination Lab Award for Innovative Scholarship, awarded annually by the Swiss-based Imagination Lab Foundation and the European Academy of Management for work that is both highly scholarly and very innovative, 2009
  • JP Morgan 2009 Summer Reading List (The Last Amateurs)
  • Financial Times Best Business Books of 2008 (The Last Amateurs)
  • BBC Sport Best Sporting Reads of 2008 (The Last Amateurs)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award, 2007/8
  • Ascendant Scholar Award by the Western Academy of Management, awarded annually to up to four young scholars who have shown exceptional promise in their early research careers, 2007
  • George R. Terry Award for the book, published in the last two years, judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge, Academy of Management, 2005
  • Past Presidents' Best Paper Award, Western Academy of Management, 2004
  • Best Doctoral Student Paper Award, Research Methods Division, Academy of Management, 2001
  • Shortlisted for the William H. Newman Award for Outstanding Paper based on PhD dissertation, Academy of Management, 2001
  • American Friends of Christ Church Scholar, 1998-1999

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Mark de Rond's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Liu, C. and de Rond, M. (2016) "Good night, and good luck: perspectives on luck in management scholarship." The Academy of Management Annals (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2016.1120971) (published online Jan 2016; forthcoming in print)

Lok, J. and de Rond, M. (2013) "On the plasticity of institutions: containing and restoring practice breakdowns at the Cambridge University Boat Club." Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 85-207 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0688) (Paper shortlisted for the OMT Best Published Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2014)

Sminia, H. and de Rond, M. (2012) "Context and action in the transformation of strategic scholarship." Journal of Management Studies, 49(7): 1329–1349 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01059.x)

Runde, J. and de Rond, M. (2010) "Evaluating causal explanations of specific events." Organization Studies, 31(4): 431-450

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R.A. (2007) "Choice, chance and inevitability in strategy." Strategic Management Journal, 28(5): 535-551 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.602)

de Rond, M. and Bouchikhi, H. (2004) "On the dialectics of strategic alliances." Organization Science, 15(1): pp.56-69

Journal articles

de Rond, M. (2002) "Reviewer 198, the hedgehog, and the fox: next generation theories in strategy." Journal of Management Inquiry, 11(1): 35-45

de Rond, M. and Bouchikhi, H. (2004) "On the dialectics of strategic alliances." Organization Science, 15(1): pp.56-69

de Rond, M. and Miller, A.N. (2005) "Publish or perish: bane or boon of academic life?" Journal of Management Inquiry, 14(4): 321-329

Lou, K. and de Rond, M. (2006) "The 'not invented here' myth." Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 5: 451-452

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R.A. (2007) "Choice, chance and inevitability in strategy." Strategic Management Journal, 28(5): 535-551 (DOI: 10.1002/smj.602)

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R.A. (2007) "Responsabilité stratégique des dirigeants: entre hasard, choix et inévitabilité." Revue Française de Gestion, 33(172): 63-77

de Rond, M. (2008) "Teams: lessons from the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race." Harvard Business Review, 86(9): 28

Runde, J. and de Rond, M. (2010) "Evaluating causal explanations of specific events." Organization Studies, 31(4): 431-450

King, A. and de Rond, M. (2011) "Boat Race: rhythm and the possibility of collective performance." British Journal of Sociology, 62(4): 565-585

Midwinter, M.J., Mercer, S., Lambert, A.W. and de Rond, M. (2011) "Making difficult decisions in major military trauma: a crew resource management perspective." Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 157(3, Suppl.1): S299-S304

Sminia, H. and de Rond, M. (2012) "Context and action in the transformation of strategic scholarship." Journal of Management Studies, 49(7): 1329–1349 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01059.x)

de Rond, M. (2012) "Soldier, surgeon, photographer, fly: fieldwork beyond the comfort zone." Strategic Organization, 10(3): 256-262 (DOI: 10.1177/1476127012452819)

Lok, J. and de Rond, M. (2013) "On the plasticity of institutions: containing and restoring practice breakdowns at the Cambridge University Boat Club." Academy of Management Journal, 56(1): 85-207 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2010.0688) (Paper shortlisted for the OMT Best Published Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2014)

de Rond, M. (2014) "The structure of serendipity." Culture and Organization, 20(5): 342-358 (DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2014.967451)

de Rond, M. (2014) "Why less is more in teams." Harvard Business Review OnPoint, Spring: 13-14

Liu, C. and de Rond, M. (2016) "Good night, and good luck: perspectives on luck in management scholarship." The Academy of Management Annals (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2016.1120971) (published online Jan 2016; forthcoming in print)

Special issues of journals

Rouleau, L., Musca, G. and de Rond, M. (2014) "Special issue on from the ethnographic turn to new forms of organizational ethnography." Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 3(1)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Faulkner, D.O. and de Rond, M. (eds.) (2000) Cooperative strategy: economic, business and organizational issues. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

de Rond, M. (2003) Strategic alliances as social facts: business, biotechnology, and intellectual history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

de Rond, M., Burdus, S. and Hebblethwaite, S. (2007) "Cobra Beer: biting into new markets." European Case Clearing House (ECCH).

de Rond, M. (2008) The last amateurs: to hell and back with the Cambridge Boat Race crew. London: Icon Books

Read Mark's blog on The Last Amateurs

Watch Mark talk about what makes the perfect crew

Watch "From Nausea to Method in Ethnography"

de Rond, M. and Morley, I. (eds.) (2010) Serendipity: fortune and the prepared mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

de Rond, M. (2012) There is an I in team: what sports coaches and elite artists really know about high performances. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

de Rond, M. (2017) Doctors at war: an ethnographer's account of life and death in a field hospital. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (forthcoming)

Conference papers

de Rond, M. (2001) "Reviewer 198 and next generation theories in strategy." In Academy of Management (eds.) How governments matter: Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (61st), 3-8 August 2001, Washington, D.C., USA. [Published on CD-ROM], pp.RM:A1-A6

de Rond, M. and Miller, A.N. (2003) "The brave new world of business school faculty: publishing, perishing, and the democracy of knowledge." Democracy in a knowledge economy: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Research Methods Division, 1-6 August 2003, Hawaii, USA.

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R.A. (2003) "Chance, choice and inevitability in strategy." Democracy in a knowledge economy: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Organization and Management Theory Division, 1-6 August 2003, Seattle, WA.

de Rond, M. and Bouchiki, H. (2003) "On the dialectics of strategic alliances." Democracy in a knowledge economy: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Organization and Theory Division, 1-6 August 2003, Seattle, WA, USA.

de Rond, M. (2004) "Chance, choice and determinism." In: Critical Realist Workshop, 3 May 2004, Cambridge.

de Rond, M. and Miller, A.N. (2005) "'What's young Dixon's stuff like?': the effect of publish-or-perish cultures on faculty." In: Getting through the research pipeline: Western Academy of Management Annual Conference, 46th, 30 March-2 April 2005, Las Vegas, NV.

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R.A. (2005) "Innovation is seeing what everybody else has seen, but thinking what nobody else has thought." In: Strategic management: achievements and opportunities: Strategic Management Society Conference, 25th, 23-26 October 2005, Orlando, FL.

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R-A. (2005) "The structure of serendipity." In: A new vision of management in the 21st century: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Technology and Innovation Management Division, 5-10 August 2005, Honolulu, HI.

de Rond, M. and Thietart, R-A. (2005) "Chance, choice and inevitability in strategy." In: A new vision of management in the 21st century: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, OMT Division, 5-10 August 2005, Honolulu, HI.

de Rond, M. and Marjanovic, S. (2005) "The legitimacy of messiness: interdisciplinary research and interorganizational relationships." In: A new vision of management in the 21st century: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Research Methods Division, 5-10 August 2005, Honolulu, HI.

Runde, J. and de Rond, M. (2007) "Evaluating causal explanations of samples of one." In: Organization Studies as Applied Science: The generation and use of academic knowledge about organizations: Organization Studies Summer Workshop, 3rd, 7-9 June 2007, Crete, Greece.

Working papers

de Rond, M. and Thiétart, R.-A. (2004) "Chance, choice and determinism in strategy." Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University, Research Paper No.2004/5

Book reviews

de Rond, M. (2015) "Michel Anteby: Manufacturing morals: the values of silence in business school education." Organization Studies, 36(3): 391-393

Rowing to business success

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Mark de Rond wins Research Impact Award

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Rolling the dice

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Corporate values to the fore

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Creatively managing the ‘mess inside’ successful teams

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Amazon trip makes Guinness World Records

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Amazon rowers relive – and thank their supporters at special reception

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Fact: there is an I in team

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Conquerors of the Amazon

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Epic Amazon row ends

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They’ve done it! Amazon rowers Mark and Anton reach the end of epic adventure

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Amazon rowers on the last stretch

The Brazilian coast and the end of an epic adventure are in sight for Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton Wright …

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End in sight for Cambridge Amazon rowers

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright are closing in on their aim to be the first unsupported team to row the Amazon. …

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Latest from the Amazon

And then there were two! The Amazon adventure has returned to its original configuration of two rowers as Dr Mark de Rond …

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Amazon rowers reach halfway mark

Braving all the Amazon can throw at them, intrepid rowers Dr Mark de Rond, Anton Wright and Murilo Reis are now halfway …

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Amazon rowers to brave hostage takers, uninhabited jungle and waterborne parasites

A gruelling 2,077 mile challenge faces Cambridge academic Mark de Rond and rowing coach Anton Wright as they attempt to row the …

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Amazon rowers to brave hostage takers, uninhabited jungle and waterborne parasites

A gruelling 2,077 mile challenge faces Cambridge academic Mark de Rond and rowing coach Anton Wright as they attempt to row the …

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Row the Amazon: from Cambridge to Brazil

Cambridge Judge Business School academic and University rowing coach to row the length of the Amazon in six weeks Dr Mark de …

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Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education completes second cohort of its Leadership Programme for UNICEF

Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its second cohort of the Senior Leadership …

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Life in conflict

Dr Mark de Rond to discuss his Camp Bastion experience live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on Sunday 15 July Dr Mark de …

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The Sunday Business Post: Beating boredom at work

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes about boredom at work and how to …

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Financial Times: Hire unlucky leaders, they’re good value

Stefan Stern looks at the role luck plays in business and features a study co-authored by Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy …

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Business Standard: Managers undermining role of luck in success or failure of a business

Luck is often the determining factor in business success or failure, so management research and education should focus not on a “limited …

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Financial Times: Lucky chief executives are on thin ice

FT management columnist Andrew Hill mentions a new study on misperceptions of luck in business. The study co-authored by Dr Mark de …

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BAAG: Why there is no PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes on how war in Afghanistan is impacting the …

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The Huffington Post: Why there is no PTSD in Afghanistan

Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes on how war in Afghanistan is impacting the …

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BBC News: Pictures from Afghanistan

Photographer Magda Rakita talks about the photographs she took in Afghanistan while visiting the country. She contributed to a piece in the …

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Rowing into business

The Stephens Question was devised for boat racing, but it can also be applied in various ways to business, says Mark de …

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City AM: Why bigger isn’t better in business

William Railton investigates why bigger teams are not always better in business. According to Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation …

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Wirtschaftswoche: Teamwork

Wirtschaftswoche investigates what makes a team more effective and what is the role of an individual in the team. Mark de Rond, …

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CMI (Chartered Management Institute): Six steps for stamping out workplace boredom

In an article addressing boredom in the workplace Mark de Rond believes it’s necessary for workplaces to engineer a culture of “psychological …

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Cambridge News: Parkside rowing challenge end town vs gown divide

Clare College head boatman Anton Wright invited few 16-year-olds from Parkside Community School to take part in the rowing challenge. Anton Wright …

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World Economic Forum: Are successful teams always harmonious?

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, says harmony is overrated when it comes to …

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The Conversation: When colleagues kick off: or why a successful team is not always a happy team

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, looks at high-performing teams in sport and investigates …

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Chris Mann’s Drivetime

On the day when the UK moves last British troops out of Afghanistan, BBC looks at the impact that 13 years of …

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Fast Company: Productivity hack of the week: the two pizza approach to productive teamwork

How to build a productive team? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggests ‘the two pizza rule’- when putting together your team, consider how …

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Cambridge News: An oarsome offer from Clare College’s world record holding boatman

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Cambridge Network: Amazon trip makes Guinness World Records

Mark de Rond’s and Anto Wright’s epic Amazon journey has officially entered the Guinness World Records. Under the category “Epic journeys”, De …

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Successful Meetings: How to build more effective teams

Social loafing is one of the most documented phenomena in social psychology, and has been demonstrated on all kinds of teams including …

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Financial Times: How to ignite the creative spark

…Mark de Rond, a researcher at Cambridge university’s Judge Business School, examined a series of scientific breakthroughs – such as the discovery …

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Contact details

Mark de Rond
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 764135
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

m.derond@jbs.cam.ac.uk

Research impact

Fact: there is an I in team

Working on the Cam and at Camp Bastion, Dr Mark de Rond is turning the theory of teamwork on its head.

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