Graham Button

Author: Graham Button

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.


Publication period start: 1992
Number of co-authors: 17


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Yvonne Rogers
Liam Bannon
Wes Sharrock

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Paul Dourish
Yvonne Rogers
Tom Rodden


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.

Button, Graham (2000): The Ethnographic Tradition and Design. In Design Studies, 21 (4) pp. 319-332.

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.

Dourish, Paul, Button, Graham (1998): On "Technomethodology": Foundational Relationships between Ethnomethodology and System Des. In Human-Computer Interaction, 13 (4) pp. 395-432.

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.

Sharrock, Wes, Button, Graham (1997): On the Relevance of Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action for CSCW. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 6 (4) pp. 369-389.

Button, Graham (1997): Book review: "Cognition in the Wild," by Edwin Hutchins. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 6 (4) pp. 391-395.

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.

Button, Graham, Sharrock, Wes (1996): Project Work: The Organisation of Collaborative Design and Development in Software Enginee. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 5 (4) pp. 369-386.

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.

Button, Graham, Harper, Richard (1995): The relevance of 'work-practice' for design. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 4 (4) pp. 263-280.

Rogers, Yvonne, Bannon, Liam, Button, Graham (1994): Rethinking Theoretical Frameworks for HCI. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 26 (1) pp. 28-30.

Button, Graham (1994): What's wrong with speech-act theory. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 3 (1) pp. 39-42.

Rogers, Yvonne, Bannon, Liam, Button, Graham (1994): Rethinking theoretical frameworks for HCI: A Review. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 26 (1) pp. 28-30.

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.

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.

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.