Celebrating 70 years of Human Relations

Booking now – 70th Anniversary Workshop:
Can, and should, social science contribute to better quality jobs? A 70-year retrospect and prospect

As part of the 70th Anniversary celebrations for Human Relations and the Tavistock Institute (which owns the journal), we will be running a workshop on Tuesday 10 Oct at the British Academy in London. The workshop will interest scholars of work and employment, policy makers in employers’ organizations and trade unions, public officials, and researchers in research institutes with an interest in work and the labour market. It is intended to be an engaged conversation among experts and numbers will be restricted. [Find out more...]

To book your place at this event, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor Claire Castle no later than 5 September 2017.

Reflections on the history of Human Relations

Human Relations is one of the oldest social science journals. It was established in 1947, ahead of journals such as the British Journal of Sociology (1950), and long before other leading management journals such as those published by the Academy of Management (the Journal, 1958, and the Review, 1976) and journals of work, organization and employment (e.g. Organization Studies, 1980 and Work, Employment and Society, 1987).

For the 70th anniversary of the journal's foundation, Professor Paul Edwards, FBA, looks back over its development and contents and offers a series of reflections:

Human Relations: The first 10 years, 1947–1956
Human Relations, 1957–1966
Human Relations, 1967–1986
Human Relations, 1987–1996 and beyond

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This month's featured article

Free access until 31 August 2017:
'Wow! That’s so cool!' The Icehotel as organizational trope
Jonathan Pinto
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This article introduces the Icehotel, the world's first and largest hotel to be constructed entirely of ice and snow, as a unique and generative organizational trope.

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Critical essays address contemporary scholarly issues and debates within the journal's scope. They are more controversial than conventional papers or reviews, and can be shorter. They argue a point of view, but must meet standards of academic rigour. Anyone with an idea for a critical essay is particularly encouraged to discuss it at an early stage with the Editor-in-Chief.

Why publish in Human Relations?

Human Relations is included in the FT50 journals list used by the Financial Times in compiling the FT Research rank, included in the Global MBA, EMBA and Online MBA rankings. Human Relations is an A* journal – the highest category of quality – in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABCD) Journal Quality List 2013. It is also ranked 4 in the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Academic Journal Guide 2015. With an impact factor of 2.622, it is ranked as one of the top 5 journals in social and interdisciplinary sciences (Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® Thomson Reuters, 2017).

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