Institute of Internal Communication

Research Update (July 2024)

June has been a busy month for the History of Internal Communication project, marked by significant engagements and valuable interactions with both internal communication practitioners and academics. Engaging with Professional and Academic Audiences The team’s participation in the Institute of Internal Communication festival at Tewinbury Farm near Welwyn Garden City was the highlight of the …

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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 5 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): The Digital Era and the Journey into the Future

Across this week, we have explored the major chapters in the history of internal communication. The final chapter, which we are still watching unfold today, has seen digital technology revolutionise the way that we communicate. Although the origins of digital technology are much earlier, the 1990s is the decade in which it began to have …

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Chapter 4 of the History of Internal Communication (1878 to 2024): Communication Developments in the Pre-Digital Age

Yesterday, we explored how the Second World War drew attention to the importance of communication. After the war, internal communication underwent a series of significant transformations. One of these was an explosion in company magazines and readership.  From an estimated 350 magazines in Britain in 1938 company magazines expanded to 1,000 in 1950, 1,500 in …

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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 (February 2024)

Rhetorical History and Corporate Social Responsibility The new year has got off to a great start for the History of Internal Communication project. A year of research in the archives bore fruit this month. Having discovered so much about the history of internal communication, January gave us an opportunity to write about our findings. We …

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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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