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Mark de Rond.

Professor of Organisational Ethnography
Fellow of Darwin College

DPhil (University of Oxford)

Research interests

Mark de Rond studies people by living with them under similar conditions so as to better understand how they experience, and develop meaningful relations to, the world around them. A recurring feature of his work is the variety of human experience in (relatively) extreme contexts.

His fieldwork has included prolonged stints with doctors and nurses at war (in Afghanistan), Boat Race crews in Cambridge, adventurers on the river Amazon, stop-the-war activists en route from Berlin to Aleppo and, most recently, paedophile hunters.

Subject-wise, his research focuses specifically on: (1) how people solve problems collectively under challenging conditions where there is a premium on collaboration; (2) the explanations people give for why things are as they are and not otherwise; and (3) how, as ethnographers, we understand, and reconcile ourselves to, the moral ambiguities and consequences of our work.

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 Slaughter and May, Allen & Overy, Linklaters, White & Case, and various other law firms; Stonehage Fleming, McKinsey, KPMG, PWC and other professional service firms; organisations such as Sky, Ascential, Shell, OfCom, Lloyds-TSB, Diageo, Rolls Royce, and BT, and such NGOs as UNICEF and the Church of England. He received training in mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation), 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 EconomistTIME magazineThe Financial TimesThe TimesThe Sunday TimesThe GuardianThe WeekDer SpiegelForbesThe Huffington PostThe Los Angeles TimesThe Evening StandardThe Wall Street JournalThe British Medical Journal (BMJ)The Lancet, and on the BBC’s Thinking Allowed, Thought for the Day, and World Service. His photographs have been published in The IndependentThe Daily MailThe 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

  • OMT Best Published Article Award, 2020
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2020
  • The Last Amateurs listed on the JP Morgan “Words of Inspiration” Reading List Special (22 most inspiring books for difficult times from 20 years of reading lists), 2020
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2019
  • Academy of Management Annals Best Article Award, 2019
  • EGOS Book Award (for Doctors at War), 2018
  • Finalist, George R. Terry Award (for Doctors at War), 2018
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Qualitative Book Award (for Doctors at War), 2018
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Faculty Award (one of five), 2018
  • The Last Amateurs listed as “One of 30 best ever sports books”, Metro, 2018
  • Academy of Management Journal Best Article Award, 2017
  • Finalist, EGOS Best Conference Paper Award, 2017
  • Honourable Mention, Research Impact on Practice Award, Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division, Academy of Management, 2017
  • 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
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2014
  • 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
  • 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 (for Strategic Alliances as Social Facts: Business, Biotechnology & Intellectual History))
  • 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.

de Rond, M., Holeman, I. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2019) “Sensemaking from the body: an enactive ethnography of rowing the Amazon.” Academy of Management Journal, 62(6): 1961-1988 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2017.1417) (2019 OMT Best Published Paper Award)

Hällgren, M., Rouleau, L. and de Rond, M. (2018) “A matter of life or death: how extreme context research matters for management and organization studies.” Academy of Management Annals, 12(1): pp.111-153 (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2016.0017) (Academy of Management Annals 2018 Best Published Article)

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

Van Maanen, J. and de Rond, M. (2017) “The making of a classic ethnography: notes on Alice Goffman’s On the Run.” Academy of Management Review, 42(2): 396-406 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2016.0373)

de Rond, M. and Lok, J. (2016) “Some things can never be unseen: the role of context in psychological injury at war.” Academy of Management Journal, 59(6): 1965-1993 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0681) (AMJ 2016 Best Published Article, EGOS Best Conference Paper finalist, Research Impact on Practice Award finalist)

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)

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, 10(1): 409-451 (DOI: 10.1080/19416520.2016.1120971)

de Rond, M. and Lok, J. (2016) “Some things can never be unseen: the role of context in psychological injury at war.” Academy of Management Journal, 59(6): 1965-1993 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0681) (AMJ 2016 Best Published Article, EGOS Best Conference Paper finalist, Research Impact on Practice Award finalist)

Hällgren, M., Rouleau, L. and de Rond, M. (2017) “A matter of life or death: how extreme context research matters for management and organization studies.” Academy of Management Annals, 12(1): 111-153 (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2016.0017) (Academy of Management Annals 2018 Best Published Article)

Van Maanen, J. and de Rond, M. (2017) “The making of a classic ethnography: notes on Alice Goffman’s On the Run.” Academy of Management Review, 42(2): 396-406 (DOI: 10.5465/amr.2016.0373)

de Rond, M. and Tunçalp, D. (2017) “Where the wild things are: how dreams can help identify countertransference in organizational research.” Organizational Research Methods, 20(3): 413-437 (DOI: 10.1177/1094428116689706)

de Rond, M., Holeman, I. and Howard-Grenville, J. (2019) “Sensemaking from the body: an enactive ethnography of rowing the Amazon.” Academy of Management Journal, 62(6): 1961-1988 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2017.1417) (2019 OMT Best Published Paper Award)

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. (2013) A supposedly fun thing that I will never do again. London: Blurb.

de Rond, M. (2017) Doctors at war: an ethnographer’s account of life and death in a field hospital. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. (EGOS Best Book Award, 2018; Finalist, George R. Terry Book Award 2018, Honorable Mention, Outstanding Qualitative Book Award, 2018)

Blagden, D. and de Rond, M. (2018) Games. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (DOI: 10.1017/9781108565738)

Book chapters

Claus, L., de Rond, M., Howard-Grenville, J. and Lodge, J. (2019) “When fieldwork hurts: on the lived experience of conducting research in unsettling contexts.” In: Zilber, T.B., Amis, J.M., Mair, J. (eds.) Research in the sociology of organizations: vol.59: the production of managerial knowledge and organizational theory: new approaches to writing, producing and consuming theory. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.157-172

de Rond, M. and Hallett, T. (2019) “The long walk to Aleppo: institutional myths, inhabited institutions, and ideals in the real world.” In: Reay, T., Zilbert, T.B., Langley, A. and Tsoukas, H. (eds.) Institutions and organizations: a process view. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.134-153

de Rond, M. (2020) “Ethnography and the traffic in pain.” In: Mir, R. and Fayard, A.L. (eds.) Routledge companion to anthropology in management. London: Routledge. (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

de Rond, M. (2018) “Why is a raven like a writing desk? Damian O’Doherty: Reconstructing organization: the loungification of society.” Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization (published online)

Award-winning sense

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Superb teaching

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“Courageous” conversations in lockdown

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Better video chat

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Sense and sensibility

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Office politics (The Cambridge Judge Business Debate podcast series)

Though seemingly trivial, office politics can affect the performance of employees and organisations. The latest podcast in the Cambridge Judge Business Debate…

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Extreme victory

Research into extremes co-authored by Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School wins Academy of Management Annals 2018 Best Paper…

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Unsettling research

No ivory tower here: how academics are affected by research in unsettling contexts like refugee camps, prisons and rape-crisis centres. A frequent…

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Five key lessons on sport and business

Cambridge Judge Business School academics share their thoughts in advance of the big Varsity rugby matches between Cambridge and Oxford at Twickenham.…

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Playful and serious

A new book co-edited by Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge – entitled Games: Conflict, competition and cooperation – looks at…

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Top honours in Tallinn

Professors Mark de Rond and Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari of Cambridge Judge win top honours at the annual conference of the European Group…

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Qualitative award

A book by Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge on military surgeons in Afghanistan receives honourable mention at the International Congress of…

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Venturing forth: livil

Startup founded by Cambridge MBA alumnus helps to make office work online easier. In the pre-Internet age, "multi-tasking" was often pretty modest…

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The insurreality of war

Writing a book is said to be cathartic. Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School begs to differ, as he…

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Art doesn’t imitate life

As Dunkirk opens in UK cinemas, Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge writes in The Independent on how Hollywood war casualties…

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Doctors at war

New book by Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School, Doctors at War, explores the courage, compassion and comic tragedy…

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How context makes conflict trauma hard to understand, and not just for Trump

When US presidential hopeful Donald Trump jumped with characteristic abandon into the debate over post-traumatic stress disorder, his comments that some veterans…

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Have we misunderstood post-traumatic stress disorder?

In understanding war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a person's cultural and professional context is just as important as how they cope with…

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Rowing to business success

Powerful but 'less obvious' lessons that Olympic athletes can teach business, from focusing on things you can control to reassessing what 'winning'…

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Mark de Rond wins Research Impact Award

Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge is honoured with the School’s Research Impact Award for how his work on high-performing teams impacted…

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Rolling the dice

Luck often separates the good and the great in business, finds new study urging shift in management focus. Management books and business…

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Corporate values to the fore

Wealth advisory firm Stonehage Fleming refines focus and values through leadership development programme devised by Executive Education division of Cambridge Judge Business…

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Creatively managing the ‘mess inside’ successful teams

Singular focus is more important than team harmony, argues Dr Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School. by Mark de Rond,…

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Amazon trip makes Guinness World Records

Faculty member Mark de Rond's 'epic journey' Their journey may not have been as quick as the "Fastest 10 metres on hind…

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Amazon rowers relive – and thank their supporters at special reception

Our brave rowers, Mark de Rond and Anton Wright, relived their experiences and thanked all their many supporters at a Row the…

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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 It's…

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Conquerors of the Amazon

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright talk for the first time about their record-breaking row along the navigable waters of the River…

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Epic Amazon row ends

Guinness World Record smashed by Cambridge rowers The adventure of a lifetime is over for Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton…

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

The quick-witted thinking of a 14-year-old Brazilian boy rescued Cambridge Judge Business School's Mark de Rond and Clare College rowing coach Anton…

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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

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Row the Amazon: from Cambridge to Brazil

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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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The Financial Times: The right number of stars for a team

Anyone who has worked with a prima donna – and hasn't everyone? – should study the latest career moves of Kevin Pietersen…

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Life in conflict

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There is an I in Team

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What can managers learn from great sports teams?

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Recognising excellence

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Fighting boredom

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Fighting boredom

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Dark night of the ethnographer’s soul

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Dr Mark de Rond shares his Camp Bastion experience

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Managing the leaders

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Forbes: How to have courageous conversations in lockdown

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Financial Times: ‘Woodford protégé’ finds he needs to update CV

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The Wall Street Journal: Nine ways to make your work day better

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Network for Business Sustainability: When researchers affect what they study

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Metro: Pick out these top 30 sports books

To mark 30 years of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, the newspaper recommends 30 of the best sports…

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The Lancet: Moral injury in time of war

Psychological injury is as important as physical injury in time of war. Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge…

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The Wall Street Journal: Running a team is becoming a ‘science’ for academia and the corporate world

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Military Review: Doctors at war

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Financial Times: How Executive MBA students are learning to negotiate

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The Independent: Embedded with medics in Afghanistan, I witnessed the fall out of the war

Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, reflects on his time at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. “During…

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The Conversation: Embedded with medics in Afghanistan, I witnessed the fall out of war

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The Independent: What my time at an Afghan army camp taught me about why soldiers watch war films like Dunkirk

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BBC Radio 4: Thinking Allowed

Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, talks about his field research and his latest book Doctors…

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Lunchtime Live

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Times Higher Education: Battle scarred: An ethnographer at Camp Bastion

In an interview with THE, Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, talks about academic research, his…

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The Times: Doctors on the front line

An extract from the latest book by Mark de Rond. The book entitled Doctors at War: Life and Death in a Field…

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The Guardian: The Boat Race

The 163rd Boat Race took place in London on 2 April where the Cambridge women crew and Oxford men crew were the…

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Eat Sleep Work Repeat: The culture of teams

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The Irish Times: Hard skills get you hired, poor soft skills could get you fired

Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on high performance teams and hard and soft skills.…

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The Conversation: How context makes PTSD hard to understand, and not just for Trump

Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes on war-related post-traumatic stress disorder and why it’s so…

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The Japan Times: Serendipity: the art of finding what you’re not looking for

Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on serendipity in scientific discoveries. For Mark, serendipity is…

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Chartered Management Institute: Insights: Boredom at work

Jermaine Haughton writes about boredom at work and why it could be dangerous. Even people in demanding jobs like military surgeons can’t…

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Medical Express: Have we misunderstood post-traumatic stress disorder?

In understanding war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a person’s cultural and professional context is just as important as how they cope with…

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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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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

Anton Wright, [head boatman at Clare College,] and Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy and Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School and…

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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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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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Leading light: Awesome

In her blogpost Kate Griffiths–Lambe looks at team performance and refers to ‘There is an I in Team’ by Dr Mark de…

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BBC News Magazine: Freedom 2014: What freedom looks like to you

BBC News Magazine showcases photographs from around the world on the theme of freedom. An image taken by Dr Mark de Rond,…

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Anglia Business Magazine: Fact: There is an I in team

The latest issue focuses on team management and leadership and features the research of Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation…

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Royal Geographical Society: London lectures: In deep water by Mark de Rond

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy and Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, gave a lecture to the prestigious Royal Geographical…

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BBC News Magazine: What does freedom look like in South Asia?

BBC News Magazine showcases photographs on different themes from around the world. An image taken by Mark de Rond, Cambridge Judge Business…

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BBC World News: Freedom 2014: Your global images

BBC News Magazine showcases photographs on different themes from around the world. An image taken by Mark de Rond, Cambridge Judge Business…

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Cambridge Network: Amazon rowers relive – and thank their supporters at special reception

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright – the duo who rowed the length of Amazon in just 31 days in September-October 2013…

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Cambridge News: Cambridge University pair Anton Wright and Mark de Rond welcome boat home at Row the Amazon reception

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright – the duo who rowed the length of Amazon in just 31 days in September-October 2013…

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Vauxhall V magazine: Pushing boundaries: Amazon adventure

Two Cambridge University friends are the first people ever to row the full length of the Amazon river. Anton Wright and Dutch-born…

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Rows, drama and glory on the Amazon

Reporter Charlie Scott meets with Mark de Rond and Anton Wright, who finished the gruelling month-long challenge in Brazil in October last year. The…

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From the lighthouse: From the All Blacks XV to Camp Bastion medics, what makes a breakthrough team?

In his blog Ian Brookes writes about the rugby team All Blacks and explores why they are so successful. He refers to…

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: Mark Rumble Show

Mark Rumble interviews Mark de Rond about the Amazon row. Mark tells what challenges he and his rowing colleague Anton Wright had…

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Dawn on the Amazon: Captain’s Blog: Guinness World Record for the first two to row the length of the Amazon river

Two intrepid Cambridge University rowers – Mark de Rond and Anton Wright – set off on the 13th of September hoping to…

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Business Reporter (The Telegraph): Mark de Rond: messing about on the river

Dave Baxter interviews Mark de Rond, reader in strategy and organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School. Mark speaks about the challenging Amazon…

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BBC East: Look East

 BBC Look East interviews Mark de Rond and Anton Wright after their challenging row. The duo rowed more than 2,000 miles and became…

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Rowing & Regatta: Amazon adventure

Two rowers from Cambridge have become the first to row the length of the Amazon. Dr Mark de Rond and Anton Wright…

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Congleton Chronicle: The moon above dead Amazon was rower’s high

Anton Wright told Chronicle about his and Mark de Rond’s amazing adventure. The duo covered more than 2,000 miles in 32 days.…

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The Sunday Times: Surgery with no anaesthetic was nearly as bad as the lack of Twix

The first man to row the length of the Amazon is filling up on chocolate while recovering from an abscess. Mark de…

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iNews.gr: Amazon row finished

Judge Business School’s Mark de Rond and Clare College rowing chief, Anton Wright, completed their epic journey rowing the Amazon, having covered…

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Metro (London): Long and winning rowed

Mark De Rond and Anton Wright finish Amazon record bid in a leaky boat they braved tropical storms, broken communications equipment and…

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The Daily Telegraph: Cambridge pair first to row all of Amazon

Two Cambridge University rowers have become the first to cover the navigable length of Amazon. Dr Mark De Rond of Judge Business…

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The Daily Star: Pals row Amazon

A pair of friends have become the first to row the full length of the Amazon. Anton Wright, 38, and Dutch-born Mark de…

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The Sun: Amazon effort

Two Cambridge University friends are the first people ever to row the full length of the Amazon river. Anton Wright, 38, and…

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The Times: Cambridge rowers beat the Amazon

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright, two University of Cambridge friends, have become the first people ever to row the navigable length…

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Gap Year: Duo row the entire Amazon River

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the… entire length of the Amazon River. Not as catchy as the original, but Mark…

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Heart FM: Interview with Amazon rowers

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright were interviewed for Heart Radio Cambridge. The duo shared their Amazon row experience and how happy…

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Daily Mail: University friends become first men to row the full length of the Amazon River… in just 32 days

Two University of Cambridge friends have become the first people ever to row the full length of the Amazon River – with…

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This is Money: University friends become first men to row the full length of the Amazon river… in just 32 days

Two University of Cambridge friends have become the first people ever to row the full length of the Amazon River – with…

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Cambridge News: Cambridge University pair set Guinness World Record by rowing the length of the Amazon river

Tropical storms, an infected buttock and a broken boat could not stop Cambridge pair Mark de Rond and Anton Wright as they…

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ITV News: Cambridge rowers complete Amazon challenge

Two rowers from Cambridge University are back in the city, after successfully rowing the length of the Amazon. Mark De Rond, of…

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Varstity: An Amazonian mission

Two Cambridge rowers have completed a month long row of the Amazon River. Cambridge academic Mark de Rond and Cambridge rower Anton Wright…

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Cambridge Network: Epic Amazon row ends!

The adventure of a lifetime is over for Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton Wright. The pair picked up their Guinness…

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Globo News Online: Row the Amazon adventure ends

Rowing trip down the coast of Brazil ended on Monday in Macapa. Mark de Rond and Anton Wright travelled more than 2,000 miles…

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De Telegraaf: Dutchman finishhd unsupported Amazon row

The adventure of a lifetime is over for Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton Wright. The duo rowed covered more than 2,000…

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Cambridge News: Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton Wright finish their 2,000 – mile journey

 Judge Business School's Mark de Rond and Clare College rowing chief Anton Wright today completed their epic journey rowing the Amazon, having…

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Cambridge Network: 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. Mark…

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Cambridge News: Oarsome pair near the finish line for Amazon river adventure

An epic adventure along the Brazilian coast is almost over for two aspiring world record breakers. Amazon rowers Mark de Rond and Anton…

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ITV Anglia: Cambridge rowers near end of Amazon challenge

Mark de Rond and Anton Wright, two rowers from the University of Cambridge are nearing the end of a gruelling 2,000 mile…

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Cambridge Network: 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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The Cambridge Student: Cambridge duo row entire length of Amazon

 A pair of Cambridge staff embarked upon their attempt to row the length of the Amazon earlier this month. Mark de Rond,…

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The Economist: Montessori management

The backlash against running firms like progressive schools has begun… Dr Mark de Rond, reader in strategy and organisation at Cambridge Judge…

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Telegraph: Englishman to attempt unsupported Amazon row

An Englishman is attempting to be the first person to row down the Amazon without any support team…  Dr Mark De Rond…

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The Outdoor Times: Cambridge University pair to row the Amazon

The two gentlemen from Cambridge will take to the water of the Amazon…  Dr Mark De Rond of Judge Business School and…

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Travel Daily UK: Pair to row Amazon for charity

Two men are to row the Amazon river over six weeks… Dr Mark De Rond of Judge Business School and Anton Wright…

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: The Jeremy Sallis Show – Interview with Mark de Rond

Jeremy Sallis interviews Dr Mark de Rond on his and Anton Wright's row down the Amazon, what he's most worried about, and…

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Peru this week: British and Dutch duo to row the Amazon river

The men will sleep in turns at night in order to keep watch for runaway logs which could destroy their boat, a…

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Cambridge News: Amazon duo happy to know where they are

Polar Bears and Paddleboards, and Row the Amazon, are two local expeditions making use of real-time location technology developed by city firm…

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Reuters: Briton, Dutchman seek to be first to row the Amazon

Anton Wright, a rowing coach at Cambridge University's Clare College, and Cambridge academic Dr Mark de Rond of the Netherlands will set…

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Cambridge News: Rowers set for oarsome Amazon challenge

A two-man team from Cambridge is planning to enter the history books as the first men to row the length of the…

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Digital Journal: From Cambridge to Brazil: The Great Amazon Row

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation, Cambridge Judge Business School and Anton Wright, Chief Coach, Clare College and Coach,…

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IEDP.com: May’s three top reads from getAbstract

There Is an I in Team: What Elite Athletes and Coaches Really Know About High Performance. Why you should read "There Is…

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Forbes: There is an ‘I’ in team

Many popular phrases have their roots in sports. For example, the cliché “there is no ‘i’ in team” comes from the idea…

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AtheleteAssessments.com: There is an I in team by Mark De Rond

An interesting book with some fascinating coaching stories, well worth the read for those who love getting an insight into other sports…

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LA Times: Treating sport as a model for business is no slam dunk

Cambridge educator Dr Mark de Rond analyzes how formulas for success in sports can apply to business management in his intriguing book…

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The Independent: The final word on business

Helena Pozniak asks school luminaries to name inspiring works of literature … Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy and Organisation, Cambridge…

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The Financial: Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education completes 2nd cohort of its Leadership Programme

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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Financial Times: Be a good sport – and be a better manager

When US basketball player Michael Jordan scored 20 straight points for the Chicago Bulls, he is reported to have been told by…

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The Irish News: Don’t-follow-the-herd approach can bring rich financial rewards

One of the best business books I ever read was Buffett: The Making of American Capitalism by US journalist Roger Lowenstein… Dr…

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Management Today: Learning curve: team spirit

In his new book, There is an I in Team, Dr Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School, says that the…

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Financial Times Deutschland: The right number of stars for a team

How hard do team leaders need to work to keep their star players in sport, business or any other domain, and when…

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The Wall Street Journal: How to get people to work together

Teamwork is highly prized in corporate culture, but managers simply aren’t being realistic when they treat each member of a team equally,…

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Successful Meetings: How to build more effective teams

In school, "group projects" are the bane of every student's existence… "Social loafing is one of the most documented phenomena in social…

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HR Zone: Book review: There is an I in team, by Mark de Rond

Dr Mark de Rond, professor of strategy and organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, has written a very comprehensive book on the…

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Times of Malta: The unacknowledged element of stress at work

It is ironic that while millions of unemployed workers in Europe dream about having a job to restore normality in their lives,…

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The Engaging Brand: Why you don’t need harmony in building a team

This week's The Engaging Brand podcast covering social media, business ideas and brand marketing tips, is ready to download … Dr Mark…

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Harvard Business Review Blog: Why less is more in teams

Why is it that American football uses eleven players, Canadian football twelve, and Gaelic fifteen? Why eleven in European soccer? Why does…

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Life Coaching EGS: Get comfortable with team conflict

The utopian notion of a constantly perfectly harmonious team is probably not the best ideal for any organization, group or company ……

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Business Executive: The Bookstore: There is an I in Team

Why is it hard to get teams to perform to their potential?… In There is an I in Team, Cambridge Judge Business…

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Mark de Rond
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
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