Celebrating over 70 years of Human Relations

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

Can, and should, social science contribute to better quality jobs? A 70-year retrospect and prospect

As part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations in 2017, Human Relations ran a workshop addressing the contribution of research to practice. Written presentations from the event, revised as appropriate in light of the discussion, can be viewed here.