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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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Research Update (April 2024)

March was a milestone month for the History of Internal Communication project. The Institute of Internal Communication reached its seventy-fifth anniversary on 12 March, offering the perfect opportunity to share our findings. Institute of Internal Communication Anniversary To mark the anniversary, we produced a narrative history of internal communication as a series of blog posts. …

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Chapter 3 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): The Second World War and its Aftermath

Yesterday, we explored how magazines spread in the interwar years. With the Second World War, internal communication underwent significant transformations. The war itself led to backward steps in relation to the communication channels that had developed in the interwar years. Most notably, shortages of paper meant that many publications became slimmed down. Interestingly, internal communication …

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Research Update (March 2024)

February saw an important new step for the History of Internal Communication project, as it completed its transfer to Northumbria University with Research Fellow Joe Chick joining Michael Heller at the new university. The team had its first visit to the London campus of Northumbria University near Liverpool Street where we enjoyed a welcoming introduction …

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Research Update (January 2024)

Archival Research In the final month of 2023, our project has uncovered some fascinating insights into the history of internal communication. The highlight of our month has been a visit to the BBC Written Archives Centre. Located in Caversham, across the pictured river from Reading, this archive proved to have a vast collection of precisely …

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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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Munitions Got Tallents: The Rise of Public Relations in the Second World War – Source of the Month (September 2023)

The interwar period marked a significant juncture in the fields of public relations and integrated marketing communications. One individual, the senior civil servant Sir Stephen Tallents, emerged as a driving force behind these transformations. Born in 1884, Tallents’ innovative strategies and expansive vision left an enduring impact on corporate branding, marketing, and communication practices. This …

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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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