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Best Article Award for Mark de Rond

Article on psychological injury of war co-authored by Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge wins AMJ Best Article Award at the Academy of Management annual meeting.

Mark de Rond at Camp Bastion

Dr Mark de Rond at Camp Bastion

An article on psychological injuries from warfare co-authored by Mark de Rond, Professor of Organisational Ethnography at Cambridge Judge Business School, won the AMJ Best Article Award at this year’s annual meeting of the Academy of Management.

The article, awarded to the best article published in the Academy of Management Journal during calendar year 2016, stemmed from Mark’s field work among military surgeons at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in 2011. The award was granted at the Academy of Management’s meeting in Atlanta this month.

“Exposure to war and its consequences invokes sustained experiences of senselessness, futility, and surreality that are partially rooted in cultural expectations, professional role identity, and organisational protocol, and can threaten people’s existential grounding in this institutional context,” the article says.

What makes work at war traumatic for some and not others is likely affected by the specific context through which people filter, frame, and cope with their experience. A contextual understanding of psychological injury at war that is based in organisational research can thus form an important part of better addressing this grand challenge.

The winning article – entitled “Some things can never be unseen: the role of context in psychological injury at war” – was co-authored by Professor Mark de Rond of Cambridge Judge Business School and Dr Jaco Lok of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

“The mission of the Academy of Management Journal is to publish empirical research that tests, extends, or builds management theory and contributes to management practice,” says the Academy of Management. “The AMJ Best Article Award embodies this mission by recognising outstanding articles that make strong empirical and theoretical contributions and highlight the significance of those contributions to the management field.”

Mark’s research in Afghanistan also formed the basis of his book Doctors at War, published this year by Cornell University Press.