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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Labour & Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work

For a Special Issue on
Research methodologies for work, workplaces and employment: Methods that make a difference, are engaging and can enable impact

Manuscript deadline
30 March 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Paula O’Kane, University of Otago
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Professor Mark N.K. Saunders, University of Birmingham
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Dr. Stephen Blumenfeld, Victoria University of Wellington
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Professor Jane Parker, Massey University
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Research methodologies for work, workplaces and employment: Methods that make a difference, are engaging and can enable impact

This special issue invites methodological papers from any research tradition which consider methods that enable labour and industry research and researchers to be impactful for individuals, organisations, or society, a key aim for the majority of researchers in the business and management field (Salter et al., 2017). Fields of research include, but are not limited to, employment relations, human resource management, industrial relations, employment, and organisational studies. In a post COVID19 world, where the value of impact has been amplified and opportunities for novel research created (Hill et al., 2021), Labour and Industry: The journal of social and economic relations of work wishes to open a conversation about methodologies that engage participants not only as the researched but as active actors in the research process through, for example, participant reflexivity (Cassell et al., 2020). It aims to highlight research that goes beyond the researcher into the world, with the act of researching itself seen as impactful.

We encourage authors to consider methodological approaches which enable researchers to undertake engaged scholarship that address social, civic and ethical problems faced in the world around us (Boyer, 1996). This can encompass the way in which we undertake research, the methodological approaches we use, how we engage with participants, and how this can lead to the production of research that is impactful at multiple levels (Aguinis et al., 2014; Wickert et al., 2021) and involve those who may traditionally have less voice or power (McCarthy & Muthuri, 2018), including indigenous populations (Drawson et al., 2017). Other foci might involve research that addresses how we can reengage with traditional methods (Saunders et al., 2017), adapt and go beyond these to utilise new forms of media and communication (Rojon et al., 2019), use these approaches to involve younger generations who may think differently, and reenvisage the way in which we do research beyond the ‘traditional’ (Lê & Schmid, 2020).

In business and management, we might consider how we can publish and disseminate research differently (Tourish, 2020), while enabling a robust peer review process. Is an extended peer review process, for instance, still fit for purpose? At a broader level, we welcome papers that address what the future of research in labour and industry might look like and how its nature could change. These contributions could include opinion pieces which open broader observations and conversations on research in the field.

Given the stated aims of the special issue, we particularly welcome research insights or shorter punchier papers that provide new insights and stimulate conversations.

Topics may include but are not restricted to the following themes:

  • Changes to methods used in the field of labour and industry over time.
  • Designing research that is impactful for individuals, groups, organisations and/or societies.
  • Methodological approaches that make a difference in the world.
  • The research process itself as a form of engagement, impacts and beneficiaries of this.
  • Involving participants through methodological co-creation and co-design.
  • Methodological controversies, differences of opinion, and alternative viewpoints to the mainstream.
  • Alternative ways of doing research - thinking beyond surveys and interviews.
  • Moving beyond face-to-face research to explore the alternatives.
  • Exploring the methodological implications of researching remotely.
  • Expanding transdisciplinary research.
  • Decolonizing research and indigenous research approaches to knowing and doing.
  • When research falls over, what really happens, what does this mean for how we do research?
  • When research changes, how does the peer review process change the direction of a paper?
  • Transparency and reality in the research process.
  • Theory, ideology and politics of impactful methodologies.

Submission Instructions

Please check the Labour and Industry: A journal of the social and economic relations of work Instructions for Authors page for submission formatting requirements and instructions for the submission process, and submit your paper through the journal homepage.

If you any questions about the special issue, please contact the special issue editors. For any queries regarding the submission process, please contact the Labour and Industry Systems Manager, Jane Halteh at [email protected].

Key Dates

  • Papers submitted – 30 March, 2022
  • Authors receive first round of feedback – July, 2022
  • Authors submit revised papers – September, 2022
  • Authors receive second round of feedback - November, 2022
  • All papers complete - January, 2023
  • Publication (entire Issue) – March, 2023

Types of Papers

  • Full research paper - theoretical and empirical (6-8,000 words)
  • Research insights – literature reviews, early findings, opinion pieces, and provocative thought pieces (3-4,000 words)

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