- Professional and technical work
- Effect of technological change on work and organization
- Social networks
- Corporate power and democracy
- Barley, S. R., D. E. Meyerson and S. Godal. (Forthcoming) “Email as a Source and Symbol of Stress.” Organization Science.
- Bailey, D. and S. R. Barley. (2011) “Teaching-learning ecologies: Mapping the environment to structure through action.” Organization Science. 22: 262-285.
- Leonardi, P. M. and S. R. Barley. (2010) “What’s under construction here? Social action, materiality, and power in constructivist studies of technology and organizing.” The Academy of Management Annals, 4:1-55.
- Barley, S. R. (2010) "Building an Institutional Field to Corral a Government: A Case to Set an Agenda for Organization Studies." Organization Studies. 31:777-805
- Leonardi, P. M. and S. R. Barley (2008) “Materiality and change: challenges to building better theory about technology and organizing.” Information and Organization. 18: 159-176.
- Barley, S. R. (2008) “Coalface institutionalism.” Pp. 490-515 in R Greenwood, C. Oliver, R. Suddaby and K. Sahlin-Anderson eds. Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Barley, S. R. and G. Kunda (2006) Contracting: A New Form of Professional Practice. Academy of Management Perspective. 19:1-19.
- Evans, J., G. Kunda and S. R. Barley. (2004) "Beach Time, Bridge Time, and Billable Hours: The Temporal Structure of Technical Contracting." Administrative Science Quarterly, 49: 1-38.
- Barley, S. R. and Kunda, G. (2004) Gurus, Hired Guns and Warm Bodies: Itinerant Experts in a Knowledge Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- G. Kunda, S. R. Barley, and J. Evans. (2002) "Why do Contractors Contract? The Experience of Highly Skilled Technical Professionals in a Contingent Labor Market." Industrial and Labor Relations Review 55:234-261