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Editorial: Crafting review and essay articles for Human Relations

Ogbonnaya, Chidiebere, Brown, Andrew (2023) Editorial: Crafting review and essay articles for Human Relations. Human Relations, 76 (3). pp. 365-394. ISSN 0018-7267. (doi:10.1177/00187267221148440) (KAR id:97434)

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Human Relations has long welcomed different types of reviews – systematic reviews, meta-analyses, conceptual reviews, narrative reviews, historical reviews – and critical essays that are original, innovative, of high-quality, and contribute to theory building in the social sciences. The main purpose of this essay is to sketch out our current broad expectations for reviews and essays as a guide for authors and reviewers. As Editors of the journal, we do not wish to be overly prescriptive. After all, reviews may be integrative and focus on synthesis and integration to generate new concepts, frameworks and perspectives, or they may be more problematizing and contribute by identifying problematics, tensions, and contradictions in a literature. Furthermore, consonant with its heritage, Human Relations invites scholarship from all research traditions across the social sciences that focus on social relations at work. It is a pluralistic, heterodox journal that will continue to publish a range of reviews and critical essays so long as authors have clear objectives and contribute meaningfully to the field. This will generally involve writing reviews and essays that seek to maximize what we see and are sufficiently complex to deal adequately with the richness and variety of the literatures and ideas considered.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/00187267221148440
Uncontrolled keywords: Literature review; critical essay; meta-analysis; organization theory; Human Relations
Subjects: L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Chidi Ogbonnaya
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2022 10:22 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2023 12:39 UTC
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