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Graham Button gained his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 1976 where he was also the faculty research assistant. He subsequently joined the University of Plymouth, first as a lecturer in sociology, then as a senior lecturer and principal lecturer, with sabbatical periods at the University of California, Los Angeles and Boston University. In 1992 he joined the European Lab of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre -EuroPARC- as principle scientist. Shortly thereafter he created the Studies of Technology, Organisations and Work program and became its area manager.
In 1999 he was appointed the director of the Cambridge Laboratory of Xerox Research Centre Europe, and in 2002 he became the laboratory director of XRCE in Grenoble, France. His major research interest is the organization of work and interaction at work, and with how research into these topics may be used in the production of novel workplace technologies. In addition to his core interests in work, interaction, organizations and technology, he also undertakes research into the philosophy of mind and has contributed to the debates surrounding artificial intelligence and computational models of mind.
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Newman, William, Button, Graham, Cairns, Paul (2010): Pauses in doctor-patient conversation during computer use: The design significance of thei. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 68 (6) pp. 398-409. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6WGR-4X8J6D8-1/2/977551464bacb1e2859d5a61f3024069
Crabtree, Andrew, Rodden, Tom, Tolmie, Peter, Button, Graham (2009): Ethnography considered harmful. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 879-888. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1518701.1518835
Button, Graham (2000): The Ethnographic Tradition and Design. In Design Studies, 21 (4) pp. 319-332. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142694X00000053
Pycock, James, Palfreyman, Kevin, Allanson, Jen, Button, Graham (1998): Representing Fieldwork and Articulating Requirements through VR. In: Poltrock, Steven, Grudin, Jonathan (eds.) Proceedings of the 1998 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work November 14 - 18, 1998, Seattle, Washington, United States. pp. 383-392. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/cscw/289444/p383-pycock/p383-pycock.pdf
Button, Graham (1997): Book review: "Cognition in the Wild," by Edwin Hutchins. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 6 (4) pp. 391-395.
Button, Graham, Sharrock, Wes (1997): The Production of Order and the Order of Production. In: Hughes, John F., Prinz, Wolfgang, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 7-11 September, 1997, Lancaster, UK. pp. 1-16.
Button, Graham, Dourish, Paul (1996): Technomethodology: Paradoxes and Possibilities. In: Tauber, Michael J., Bellotti, Victoria, Jeffries, Robin, Mackinlay, Jock D., Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 96 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1996, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 19-26. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi96/proceedings/papers/Button/jpd_txt.htm
Bowers, John, Button, Graham, Sharrock, Wes (1995): Workflow from Within and Without: Technology and Cooperative Work on the Print Industry Sh. In: Marmolin, Hans, Sundblad, Yngve, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) ECSCW 95 - Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 11-15 September, 1995, Stockholm, Sweden. pp. 51-66.
Anderson, Bob, Button, Graham, Sharrock, Wes (1993): Supporting the Design Process within an Organisational Context. In: Michelis, Giorgio De, Simone, Carla, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) ECSCW 93 - Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work , 1993, . pp. 47-59.
Button, Graham, King, Val (1992): Hanging around is not the point. In: Proceedings of the 1992 ACM conference on Computer-supported cooperative work November 01 - 04, 1992, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.