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Journal of Organizational Ethnography

Journal of Organizational Ethnography

ISSN: 2046-6749

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2017: 0.46
CiteScoreTracker 2018: 0.78 (Updated Monthly)

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Editorial Objectives

The Journal of Organizational Ethnography (JOE) has been launched to provide an opportunity for scholars, from all social and management science disciplines, to publish over two issues:

  • high-quality articles from original ethnographic research that contribute to the current and future development of qualitative intellectual knowledge and understanding of the nature of public and private sector work, organization and management
  • review articles examining the history and development of the contribution of ethnography to qualitative research in social, organization and management studies
  • articles examining the intellectual, pedagogical and practical use-value of ethnography in organization and management research, management education and management practice, or which extend, critique or challenge past and current theoretical and empirical knowledge claims within one or more of these areas of interest
  • articles on ethnographically informed research relating to the concepts of organization and organizing in any other wider social and cultural contexts.

Editorial Criteria

The editors are particularly interested to receive high-quality original research articles, informed by robust empirical and theoretical underpinning, from a range of fields and disciplines in the humanities and social and management sciences including social and organizational anthropology, sociology, psychology, organization, management, labour and gender studies, education and healthcare, cultural, environmental and media studies, human geography, socio-legal studies and criminology, social movements, community relations, social class and ethnicity, emotions and emotional labour, consumer, marketing and other commercial research applying ethnographic methods of enquiry. The journal is also interested in receiving essay articles making an original practical or critical contribution to knowledge and understanding of contemporary themes and developments and current thinking in ethnographic research theory and practice.


  • Organizational behaviour
  • Management practice
  • Policy making
  • Changing forms of employment
  • Workplace cultures
  • Accounting practices
  • Consumption and consumer behaviour
  • Healthcare, education, local government and social and public policy
  • Conflict, crime and deviance
  • Resistance and misbehaviour (including researcher misbehaviour)
  • Unethical business and management practices
  • Shop-floor ethnography
  • Labour process and critical management studies
  • Voluntary / non-profit sector
  • Critical policy studies
  • Emotional labour in organizations
  • Visual ethnographies
  • Virtual or new media mediated ethnographies
  • The theoretical and commercial use of ethnography in consumer marketing
  • Ethnography, architecture and art.

Key Benefits

  • JOE is the only journal that is specifically dedicated to the theme of organizational ethnography, a vibrant and growing research field that in recent years has become increasingly significant in organization and management studies
  • JOE privileges organizational ethnography an area of research which is currently dispersed across a wide range of outlets, and in doing so provides what the editors anticipate will be a journal of choice for leading scholars working in this area
  • JOE seeks to publish ethnographic research which will help to enhance and promote the use of ethnographic techniques
  • JOE seeks to provide space for discussion and debate that will encourage and support the advancement of organizational ethnography in theory and practice.

Key Journal Audiences

  • JOE will be of interest to ethnographers in all disciplines, as well as academics in all of the aforementioned areas, with expertise in ethnography, and an interest in qualitative research methods generally
  • JOE will be of interest and value in career development terms to postgraduate masters and doctoral research students interested in qualitative research methods
  • JOE will be useful to practitioners and consultants currently or potentially interested in the use-value of employing ethnographic research tools and techniques in public and private sector industries and businesses.

Recent Special Issues

Charities under austerity: ethnographies of poverty and marginality in Western non-profit and charity associations (Volume 8, Issue 1) - Guest Editors: Hugo Valenzuela-Garcia, Miranda Jessica Lubbers and James Gordon Rice. This issue presents a selection of theoretical and empirical papers that analyse in detail consequences of the rapid changes driven by market forces, in the daily context of charity institutions attending impoverished and marginal sectors of the urban population. These ethnographic accounts portray the contradictions, tensions and daily realities of these institutions, providing very relevant clues and insights for professionals, scholars and policy makers actively working on charitable issues and poverty alleviation in urban settings.

Organisational autoethnography: possibilities, politics and pitfalls (Volume 7, Issue 3) - Guest Editors: Sally Sambrook and Andrew F. Herrman. This special issue acknowledges the growing interest in organisational autoethnography (OAE), which has always been important to this journal but this is the first time a special issue has been devoted to the topic.

Exploring the Différance between At-Home Ethnography and Ethnography Abroad (Volume 7, Issue 2) - Guest Editors: Oana Brindusa Albu and Jana Costas. By promoting reflection on the différance between "at home" ethnography and ethnography abroad, this special issue provides insights into the challenges of conducting an organizational ethnography in one's "home" organization, community, or country vis-à-vis doing so in a "foreign" organization, community, or country, as well as develops useful conceptual and methodological ways for dealing with them.

The journal  is Indexed and Abstracted in:

British Library, Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance and Management, EBSCO, Emerging Sources Citation Index ESCI (Clarivate Analytics), ReadCube Discovery, Summon

and ranked by:

Chartered Association for Business Schools (CABS, UK) Academic Journal Guide 2018, NSD (Norway), Scopus, The Publication Forum (Finland)

Journal of Organizational Ethnography is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection page.

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