Orgnisation and Social Order, by Professor Tom Burns

Published Work

[This list excludes short stories, essays and articles contributed to New Writing, Life and Letters Today, Harizont (Sweden), etc., 1935-40].


  • Local Government and Central Control (for The West Midland Group), Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1956.

  • The Management of Innovation (with G. M. Stalker), Tavistock, 1961. New Edition, 1994.

  • Industrial Man (ed.), Penguin, 1969.

  • Sociology of Literature and Drama (ed., with E. Burns), Penguin, 1973.

  • The BBC: Public Institution and Private World, Macmillan, 1977.

  • Erving Goffman, Routledge, 1992

  • Description, Explanation and Understanding. Selected Writings, 1944 – 1980. Edinburgh University Press, 1995.

Research Reports

  • Local Development in Scotland (with A. K. Cairncross), Scottish Council (Development and Industry). 1952

  • Management in the Electronics Industry: A Study of Eight English Companies, Social Science Research Centre, University of Edinburgh. 1958

  • The Child Care Service at Work (with S. Sinclair), HMSO. 1963

  • Rediscovering Organisation: Aspects of Collaboration and Managerialism in Hospital Organisation (mimeo) Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust. 1981

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'Calamity Bay', Penguin New Writing, no. 19, pp. 9-21, 1944

  • 'Men and Barbed Wire', The Fortnightly, new series no. 940, pp. 272-7, 1945

  • 'Social Development in New Neighbourhoods', Pilot Papers, vol. 2, pp. 21-31, 1947.

  • 'Village, Town and Suburb', Cambridge Journal, vol. 4, pp. 96-105, 1950

  • 'The Directions of Activity and Communication in a Departmental Executive Group', Human Relations, vol. 8, pp. 73-97, 1954.

  • 'Friends, Enemies and the Polite Fiction', American Sociological Review, vol. 18, pp. 654-62, 1955.

  • 'The Reference of Conduct in Small Groups: Cliques and Cabals in Occupational Milieux', Human Relations vol. 8, pp. 147-67, 1956.

  • 'The Social Character of Technology', Impact, vol. 7, pp. 147-67, 1956.

  • 'The Cold Class War', New Statesman and Nation, April, pp. 331-2, 1956.

  • 'Management in Action', Operational Research Quarterly, vol. 8, pp. 45-60, 1957.

  • 'The Idea of Structure in Sociology', Human Relations, vol. 11, pp. 217-28, 1958.

  • ‘The Forms of Conduct', American Journal of Sociology, vol. LXIV, pp. 137-228, 1958.

  • ‘The City as Looking-Glass', Prospect: R1AS Quarterly, no. 122, pp. 9-11, 1960.

  • 'R&D and Production: Problems of Conflict and Co-operation', Institute of Radio Engineers: Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 8, pp. 15-23, 1961.

  • 'Social Norms and Social Evolution', in M. Banton (ed.), Darwinism and the Study of Society, Tavistock, 1961.

  • 'Micropolitics: Mechanisms of Institutional Change', Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 257-81, 1961.

  • 'Des fins et des moyens dans la direction des entre-prises', Sociologie du Travail, vol. 3, pp. 209-29, 1962.

  • 'The Sociology of Industry', in A. T. Welford, M. Argyle, D. V. Glass and J. N. Morris (eds), Society: Problems and Methods of Study, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1962.

  • 'Industry in a New Age', New Society, vol. 1, pp. 17-20, 1963.

  • 'Non-Verbal Communication', Discovery, vol. 25, pp. 30-7, 1964.

  • 'What Managers Do', New Society, vol. 4, no. 116, pp. 8-9, 1964.

  • 'Technology' and 'Social Change', in J. Gould and W. L. Kolb (eds), Dictionary of the Social Sciences, Tavistock (for UNESCO), 1965.

  • PDF Sociological Explanation, Inaugural Lecture, no. 28, University of Edinburgh, 1966.

  • 'On the Plurality of Social Systems' and 'Report of Discussion, and Commentary on Final Session', in J. R. Lawrence (ed.), Operational Research and the Social Sciences (Cambridge International Conference, 1964), Tavistock. 1966.

  • 'The Comparative Study of Organizations', in V. Vroom (ed.). The Study of Organizations, University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 113-70. 1967.

  • Introduction to Social Theory and Economic Change, T. Burns and S. B. Saul (eds), Tavistock,. 1967.

  • 'Consumer Behaviour: A Sociological View', European Journal of Sociology, vol. 7, pp. 313-29, 1967.

  • 'A Meaning in Everyday Life', New Society, pp. 760-2, 1967.

  • 'Models, Myths and Images', in W. H. Gruber and D. Marquis (eds), Human Factors in the Transfer of Technology, M.I.T. Press, pp. 11-23, 1968.

  • 'The Revolt of the Privileged', Social Science Information, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 137-49, 1969.

  • 'Public Service and Private World', in P. Halmos {ed.), in "The Sociology of Mass Communications', Sociological Review Monograph, no. 13, pp. 53-73, 1969.

  • 'Comment on Peter M. Blau's "Objectives of Sociology"', in R. Bierstedt (ed.), A Design for Sociology: Scope, Objectives and Methods, Monograph 9, American Academy of Political and Social Science, pp. 72-9, 1969.

  • 'Possible Industrial Futures', Education and Culture, Council for Cultural Cooperation of the Council of Europe, pp. 20-4, 1969.

  • 'Television and the Public Good', in J. D. Halloran and M. Gurevitch (eds), Broadcaster/Researcher Cooperation in Mass Communication Research (Report on an International Seminar, 1970), Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester, 1971.

  • 'Commitment and Career in the BBC', in D. McQuail (ed.), The Sociology of Mass Communication, Penguin, 1972.

  • ‘The Rationale of the Corporate System', in R. Marris (ed.), The Corporate Society, Macmillan, pp. 121-77, 1973.

  • 'Leisure, Work and the Social Structure', in M. A. Smith, S. R. Parker and C. S. Smith (eds), Leisure and Society in Britain,. Allen Lane, 1974.

  • 'Sovereignty, Interests and Bureaucracy in the Modern State', British Journal of Sociology, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 491-506, 1980.

  • 'The BBC and Government Control', Harvard International Review, vol. 9, pp. 18-20, 1987.



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