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Note from the publisher
As you will have noticed, a very exciting and positive change has taken place with the Journal of Management History in 2006. Due to its unique place in the market and the high-quality content that is regularly produced, a decision was made to re-launch the publication as an independent title once again.
JMH has seen a number of changes since it was launched back in 1994. Originally a hard copy title, the publication then became one of Emerald's pioneer journals to be published in electronic format in the mid-1990s. After a brief period in this e-only format JMH was incorporated into the company's founding publication Management Decision. As an independent section with the journal, JMH formed part of one of the most widely-disseminated publications in the Emerald portfolio.
Now, largely thanks to the efforts of David Lamond who took over as editor at the start of the 2004 volume, the journal has grown sufficiently in strength and following that it has become independent once more.
This decision has also been driven by the increasing awareness of the importance of this subject in scholarly research. Inspired by the thought that “The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do,” the journal and its editorial team have sought “to remember the past [in order to] build on it rather than merely repeat it.”
In particular, they seek to remind managers and management thinkers looking for “the next big thing” at the expense of the tried and tested, how relevant this earlier research and experience still are. The journal covers (but is not limited to):
examination of established historical management concepts;
the historical and continuing role of the behavioural sciences in the development of management practices;
historical analysis of management philosophies;
methodologies for dealing with historical management materials;
the importance of the historical perspective in understanding contemporary management; and
historical aspects of such workplace features such as quality control, cultures and occupational health and safety.
The journal also maintains good links with the Management History Division of the Academy of Management. Indeed, the journal's editorial advisory board has many names in common with the executive committee of the Management History Division. David Lamond was Chair of a paper session at the recent Academy of Management meeting and the journal sponsored the lifetime achievement award that was presented to Daniel Wren at the same conference.
We hope that you will continue to be stimulated by the articles contained in Journal of Management History as we strive to bring you the latest and most thought-provoking research in this subject.