Professor of Organisational Ethnography
Fellow of Darwin College
DPhil (University of Oxford)
I am interested in how people live challenging circumstances on their own terms – in the explanations they give for why things are as they are and in the compromises they make with life and those around them.
My approach to research means living life as they do and has included sustained periods spent with doctors and nurses at war, Boat Race crews, a ragtag band rowing the Amazon, peace activists, and paedophile hunters.
News and insights
Learning the art of negotiation at Cambridge Judge Business School helped Chris Spinello (MBA 2018) assist in securing The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme with Deloitte.
The News and Insight section of Cambridge Judge Business School’s website seeks a broad range of topics of interest to diverse audiences. In 2022, attention was focused on articles ranging from paedophile stings to Bitcoin, and from how edible insects promote sustainability to a Ukrainian finding tranquility in Cambridge.
Poets & Quants | 28 September 2022
Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography and Philip Stiles, Associate Professor in Corporate Governance at Cambridge Judge Business School, are featured in a Poets & Quants article about the favourite professors of the MBA class of 2022.
Luvina Weilu Yao, MBA student at Cambridge Judge (MBA 2022) is also mentioned in the article. (subs)
Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, is among favourite MBA professors of the class of 2021. Aaron D’Souza, a current Cambridge MBA student, commented:
“We are spoiled for choices at Cambridge when it comes to our teaching faculty. However, one of my favourites so far is Professor Mark de Rond, who teaches the Management Praxis II: Cambridge Negotiations Lab. During his course, we roleplay complex negotiations in groups and develop relational skills including empathy, collective problem solving and mutual value creation. Some of the scenarios included an internal company dispute and trying to secure consensus around the rebuilding of the World Trade Centre post 9/11. Professor de Rond has made these negotiations engaging over Zoom and has provided numerous interesting anecdotes from his experiences observing Army surgeons in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and with the Cambridge Boat Race Team. He also has a Guinness World Record for the first-ever unsupported row of the Amazon.”
How extreme situations clarify your purpose, according to Cambridge Ethnography Professor Mark de Rond
An interview with Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, about his research on human behaviour in extreme situations. “I’m intensely curious about what happens to people when they are forced into environments that are uncomfortable, or more extreme,” de Rond said. “The underlying idea is a very familiar one – by putting people in something like a pressure cooker, it helps smoke out the issues that exist in everyday life but are usually so subtle that they’re difficult to observe. Once you turn up the temperature, they tend to come to the fore. I think that’s one of the attractive features of extreme context research in general.”
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