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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 the first of a six-week tour of duty with a surgical team at Camp Bastion’s field hospital, I…

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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 wrestled for five years with understanding his experience among army medics in Afghanistan. Donald Trump's about-face diktat that…

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A Marine walks toward two landing blackhawk helicopters. It's just another day at the office for him.

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 of modern war - with a few echoes from "M*A*S*H". The tragi-comic role of military surgeons in Afghanistan…

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Mark de Rond at Camp Bastion

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 are not "strong enough" to handle the mental stresses of combat were broadly criticised. War veterans, and the…

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Soldier carrying another wounded soldier in the battle field. Acton photo of war-time action.

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 Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, will be live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire…

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Fighting boredom

Dr Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School is full of admiration for the surgical teams working in the 50-bed hospital at Camp Bastion, Britain's military base in Afghanistan. Embedded with a team of surgeons for six weeks, he…

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Fighting boredom

What lessons can organisations take from the high-performance surgical teams at Britain's Camp Bastion military hospital in Afghanistan? Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, is full of admiration for the surgical teams working…

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Fighting boredom

Dark night of the ethnographer’s soul

He lived for months with Cambridge rowers and last year spent six weeks working with surgeons at Camp Bastion, but Dr Mark de Rond is neither an athlete nor a medic. So why embed himself in such extreme environments, what…

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Dr Mark de Rond shares his Camp Bastion experience

Dr Mark de Rond, Reader in Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, will be speaking about life in the world's busiest war hospital, as part of the Darwin College Lecture series. His talk is entitled "Life in Conflict".…

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Mark de Rond at Camp Bastion

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