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Journal of Organizational Ethnography 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.

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ISSN: 2046-6749
eISSN: 2046-6749

Aims and scope

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.

This journal supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As a leading social science publisher, we're passionate about leading change, and align everything we do with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our core area of focus is interdisciplinary research aligned with the SDGs, with four key goals in mind – Fairer society, Healthier lives, Responsible management, and Quality education for all – all of which are about creating real-world impact, at a time when it's needed most.

Find out about our goals