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Research Update (June 2024)

May has been a busy month for the History of Internal Communication project, with some fantastic practitioner engagement opportunities and extensive archival work. May’s research update looks at the progress made in sharing insights and encouraging practitioner discussions around the evolution of internal communication within organisations. Engaging with Practitioners The major highlight of May was …

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Research Update (May 2024)

April was a productive month for the History of Internal Communication project which spoke to practitioners at a webinar, launched a timeline resource, celebrated the 500th listener on their podcast, and commemorated significant historical events. April’s research update looks at the progress made on this project. Engagement with practitioners This April, the History of Internal …

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Boots on the Ground: Employee Welfare and the Five-Day Week – Source of the Month (April 2024)

Today is the ninetieth anniversary of an important step in employee welfare. On 30 April 1934, Boots Pure Drug Company Limited began an experiment with having a five-day working week. The interwar period was an important time in the evolution of industrial welfare. Emerging from the aftermath of the First World War, figures in the …

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Chapter 2 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): Communication in the First World War

Yesterday’s post looked at the origins of the company magazine in the late nineteenth century. The First World War marked a significant turning point in the history of internal communication within organisations. The war itself was a stimulus for some companies to begin a magazine, a notable example being Boots, which used its Comrades in …

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Industrial Thespianage: The Use of Celebrities in Internal Communication – Source of the Month (November 2023)

The role of celebrities in advertising and external marketing campaigns is familiar to us all. Celebrities are often the faces of brands, representing a certain lifestyle or aspiration that companies hope to convey to their target audiences. Less prominent is the pivotal role celebrities have played in organizations’ internal communication. In this month’s Source of …

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Research Update (November 2023)

The Project’s First Anniversary With October marking the first anniversary of the History of Internal Communication project, this is the perfect moment to reflect on the progress we’ve made in unearthing the fascinating evolution of internal communication practices. Over the past year, we’ve traced a story that begins with early company magazines and moves into …

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Research Update (October 2023)

September has been an exciting and productive month for the History of Internal Communication project. From exploring archives to forging new partnerships, we’re delighted to share our progress from a highly productive month. Archival Work A highlight of this month was our week at the Walgreens Boots Alliance Archive at Beeston in Nottingham. Here, we …

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Research Update (September 2023)

A Tenth Project Partner August has had some exciting developments for our project. A particular highlight of the month has been the addition of simplycommunicate to our growing family of project partners, now numbering ten. simplycommunicate specialises in internal communications in the digital age. Their website provides resources and they host the world’s largest global …

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Research Update (August 2023)

European Group for Organizational Studies The History of Internal Communication project team has had an eventful July, filled with exciting activities and productive collaborations. Two members of our team, Michael Rowlinson and Joe Chick, had the opportunity to attend the European Group for Organizational Studies conference held in Cagliari in Sardinia. As an island located …

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Research Update (April 2023)

Engagement with Internal Comms Practitioners and Archivists One of our project’s main objectives is to engage with internal communication professionals and archivists, and this month we were able to work with both groups. We collaborated with our partners the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) to conduct a survey of its members. We were thrilled to …

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