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The Management of Innovation

Tom Burns and G. M. Stalker


First published in 1961, this book is a very influential book on organization theory and industrial sociology. The central theme of the book is the relationship between an organization and its environment — particularly technological and market innovations. Based on first-class scholarship, the book presents the now famous and ubiquitous classifications of ‘mechanistic’ and ‘organic’ systems. For this it has become justly famous, but the book is also a penetrating study of social systems within organizations and organizational dynamics.

Keywords: organization theory, industrial sociology, environment, market innovations, technological innovations, mechanistic systems, organic systems, social systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198288787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Burns, author
Edinburgh University

G. M. Stalker, author