History of the Group

The Group was officially founded as the Department of Industrial Relations in 1962, by Ben Roberts, however more than a century ago, two of LSE's founders, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, pioneered the first great social science studies of the labour and management problems of their day. They did so in the belief that efficient management and social justice went hand in hand. These two principles lie at the heart of the Group's discipline. Modern 'high performance work systems' function best when employees believe they are being treated fairly.

Department of Industrial Relations

Left to right: Ben Roberts, Raymond Loveridge, Keith Thurley

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