Professor Brian Bloomfield


Research Interests

The sociology of science and technology. Issues of power and knowledge in relation to the development and use of information technology. Problems of order/disorder and technology. Technology, time and narrative. The modernisation of public services.

Landfarming: A contested space for the management of waste from oil and gas extraction
Bloomfield, B.P., Doolin, B. 11/2017 In: Environment and Planning A. 49, 11, p. 2457-2476. 20 p.
Journal article

Licence to kill?: on the organization of destruction in the 21st century
Bloomfield, B.P., Burrell, G., Vurdubakis, T. 1/07/2017 In: Organization. 24, 4, 15 p.

Fit for work?: redefining ‘normal’ and ‘extreme’ through human enhancement technologies
Bloomfield, B., Dale, K. 07/2015 In: Organization. 22, 4, p. 552-569. 18 p.
Journal article

Mors ex Machina: technology, embodiment and the organization of destruction
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 05/2015 In: Organization Studies. 36, 5, p. 621-641. 21 p.
Journal article

Posthuman performances: the aesthetics and ethics of the enhanced labouring body
Dale, K., Bloomfield, B.P. 2015
Conference paper

On the naming of monsters: organization, (in)equality and diversity in the age of technological reproduction
Bloomfield, B., Vurdubakis, T. 2014 In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. 33, 7, p. 575-594. 20 p.
Journal article

Symbolic communication in public protest over genetic modification: visual rhetoric, symbolic excess and social mores
Bloomfield, B., Doolin, B. 08/2013 In: Science Communication. 35, 4, p. 502-527. 26 p.
Journal article

Imagination and technoscientific innovations: governance of transgenic cows in New Zealand
Bloomfield, B.P., Doolin, B. 2011 In: Social Studies of Science. 40, 1, p. 59-83. 25 p.
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Bodies, technologies and action possibilities: when is an affordance?
Bloomfield, B.P., Latham, Y., Vurdubakis, T. 06/2010 In: Sociology. 44, 3, p. 415-433. 19 p.
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Power and organizational transformation through technology: hybrids of electronic government
Bloomfield, B.P., Hayes, N. 2009 In: Organization Studies. 30, 5, p. 461-487. 27 p.
Journal article

When is an Affordance? Bodies, Technologies and Action Possibilities
Bloomfield, B.P., Latham, Y., Vurdubakis, T. 2009 Lancaster : Lancaster University
Working paper

IBM's chess players: on artificial intelligence and its supplements
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2008 In: The Information Society. 24, 2, p. 69-82. 14 p.
Journal article

Modernisation and the joining-up of local government services in the UK: boundaries, knowledge and technology
Bloomfield, B.P., Hayes, N. 2005 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

The secret of Yucca Mountain
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2005 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 23, 5, p. 735-756. 22 p.
Journal article

Beyond the walls of the asylum: information and organization in the provision of community mental health services
Bloomfield, B.P., McLean, C. 2003 In: Information and Organization. 13, p. 53-84. 32 p.
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Imitation games: Turing, Menard, Van Meegeren
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2003 In: Ethics and Information Technology. 5, 1, p. 27-38. 12 p.
Journal article

Narrating the future of intelligent machines: the role of science fiction in technological anticipation
Bloomfield, B.P. 2003 In: Narratives We Organize By. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company p. 193-212. 20 p. ISBN: 978 90 272 3310 3.

The curse of Frankenstein: visions of technology and society in the debate over new reproductive technologies
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

The secret of Yucca Mountain: reflections on an object in extremis
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2003 Lancaster University : The Department of Organisation, Work and Technology
Working paper

The vision thing: constructing technology and the future in management advice
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 2002 In: Critical Consulting: New Perspectives on the Management Advice Industry. Oxford : Blackwell p. 115-129. 15 p. ISBN: 0-6312-1819-X.

In the right place at the right time: electronic tagging and problems of social order/disorder
Bloomfield, B.P. 2001 In: The Sociological Review. 49, 2, p. 174-201. 28 p.
Journal article

The outer limits: monsters, actor networks and the writing of displacement
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 1999 In: Organization. 6, 4, p. 625-647. 23 p.
Journal article

Information Technology and Organizations: Strategies, Networks and Integration
Bloomfield, B.P., Coombs, R., Knights, D., Littler, D. 1997 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 194 p. ISBN: 0198289391.

Paper traces: inscribing organisation and information technology
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 1997 In: Information Technology and Organizations: Strategies, Networks and Integration. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 85-111. 27 p. ISBN: 0-19-828939-1.

The revenge of the object: on AI as a cultural enterprise
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 1997 In: Social Analysis. 41, 1, p. 29-45. 17 p.
Journal article

Visions of organisation and organisations of vision: the representational practices of information systems development
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 1997 In: Accounting, Organizations and Society. 22, 7, p. 639-668. 30 p.
Journal article

Madness and Organization: Informed Management and Empowerment
Bloomfield, B., MacLean, C. 1996 In: Information Technology and Changes in Organizational Work. London : Chapman and Hall p. 371-392. 22 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Disrupted Boundaries: New Reproductive Technologies and the Language of Anxiety and Expectation
Bloomfield, B., Vurdubakis, T. 08/1995 In: Social Studies of Science. 25, 3, p. 533-551. 19 p.
Journal article

Power, Machines, and Social Relations: Delegating to Information Technology in the UK National Health Service
Bloomfield, B. 08/1995 In: Organization. 2, 3-4, p. 489-518. 30 p.
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The Role of Management Consultants in the Development of Information Technology: the Indissoluble Nature of Socio-Political and Technical Skills
Bloomfield, B., Danieli, A. 1995 In: Journal of Management Studies. 32, 1, p. 23-46. 24 p.
Journal article

Boundary Disputes: Negotiating the Boundary Between the Technical and the Social in the Development of IT Systems
Bloomfield, B., Vurdubakis, T. 1994 In: Information Technology and People. 7, 1, p. 9-24. 16 p.
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Re-presenting technology: IT consultancy reports as textual reality constructions
Bloomfield, B.P., Vurdubakis, T. 1994 In: Sociology. 28, 2, p. 455-478. 24 p.
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Machines and manoeuvres: Responsibility accounting and the construction of hospital information systems
Bloomfield, B., Coombs, R., Cooper, D.J., Rea, D. 10/1992 In: Accounting, Management and Information Technologies. 2, 4, p. 197-219. 23 p.
Journal article

Management Consultants, Systems Development, Power and the Translation of Problems
Bloomfield, B., Best, A. 08/1992 In: The Sociological Review. 40, 3, p. 533-560. 28 p.
Journal article

Understanding the Social Practices of Systems Developers
Bloomfield, B. 07/1992 In: Information Systems Journal. 2, 3, p. 189-206. 18 p.
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Information Technology, Control and Power: the Centralisation and Decentralisation Debate Revisited
Bloomfield, B., Coombs, R. 1992 In: Journal of Management Studies. 29, 4, p. 459-484. 26 p.
Journal article

The Role of Information Systems in the United Kingdom National Health Service: Action at a Distance and the Fetish of Calculation
Bloomfield, B. 11/1991 In: Social Studies of Science. 21, 4, p. 701-734. 34 p.
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On Speaking About Computing
Bloomfield, B. 08/1989 In: Sociology. 23, 3, p. 409-426. 18 p.
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Anomalies and Social Experience: Backcasting with Simulation Models
Bloomfield, B. 11/1985 In: Social Studies of Science. 15, 4, p. 631-675. 45 p.
Journal article

  • Centre for Science Studies
  • Centre for Technological Futures
  • Centre for the Study of Technology & Organisation
  • Technology, Systems and Organisation


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