Professor Tom Burns: Organisation and Social Order

Published Work

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.