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PDW Workshop #156; Submission: 13837 (Sponsors: OB, HR, BPS, CM)
Publishing in Top Non US Journals – Why and How?
5 Aug 2016 from 3:45p.m. to 5:45p.m., Anaheim Convention Center: 212B

Join Associate Editor Prof. Mathew L. Sheep, who will be participating in this workshop on behalf of Human Relations.

Challenges to Organizational Studies: New Metaphors for Making Organizations Meaningful
Symposium #1234; Submission: 13226; Sponsors: (OMT, ODC, OB)
Monday, Aug 8 2016 1:15pm–2:45pm at Anaheim Marriott in Platinum Ballroom 9

Join guest editors Anders Örtenblad, Linda L Putnam and Kiran Trehan and authors from our April 2016 special issue:
Beyond Morgan's eight metaphors: Adding to and developing organization theory

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Reflections on the history of HR

Human Relations is one of the oldest social science journals. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the journal’s foundation, Editor-in-Chief Paul Edwards has been looking back at its development and offers a series of reflections on eminent authors and articles that have appeared in the journal as well as changes in editorial policy and article scope, format and methods over time.

Read Human Relations: The first 10 years, 1947–1956 and access featured articles.
Read Human Relations, 1957–1966 and access featured articles.

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Impact Factor goes up again!

2-year impact factor: 2.619
Ranked: 4/93 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary and 37/192 in Management

5-year impact factor: 3.544
Ranked: 2/93 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary and 40/192 in Management

Source: 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2016)

Change Management Vodcast

View our latest vodcast, which accompanies our virtual special issue on change management. This video presents 'Unfreezing change as three steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin's legacy for change management' by Cummings, Bridgeman and Brown, which argues that Kurt Lewin’s three-step framework of unfreezing–changing–refreezing, regarded by many as the classic approach to change management, is not at all what we believe it to be. Download the article for free here.

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Human Relations welcomes critical reviews and essays:

Critical reviews advance a field through new theory, new methods, a novel synthesis of extant evidence, or a combination of two or three of these elements. Reviews that identify new research questions and that make links between management and organizations and the wider social sciences are particularly welcome. Surveys or overviews of a field are unlikely to meet these criteria.

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 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 2.619, it is also ranked as one of the top 5 journals in social and interdisciplinary sciences (Source: 2015 Journal Citation Reports® Thomson Reuters, 2016).

Free access content

This month's free access article:
Competence in professional practice: A practice theory analysis of police and doctors
Ola Lindberg and Oscar Rantatalo
Human Relations 2015 68(4): 561–582, first published June 30, 2014 as doi:10.1177/0018726714532666
Free to access until 31 August 2016

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