Biography of Eric L.Trist (1911 - 1993)
from the Archives in Modern Times Workplace

       Eric L. Trist... founding Socio-Technical Systems Theorist

The history, context and early development of Socio-Technical Systems theory and practice is largely expressed in the work of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. These web pages provide resources for understanding and accessing that history.

Note:- "Permission to publish this web version of the Tavistock Anthology for viewing and download has been granted by the University of Pennsylvania Press."

The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Foundation, History, Research and Publications

1941 - 1989

"The Social Engagement of Social Science:
A Tavistock Anthology"

Volume I - The Socio-Psychological Perspective
Volume II - The Socio-Technical Systems Perspective
Volume III - The Socio-Ecological Perspective

Biography of Eric L.Trist (1911 - 1993)

Eric Trist was a founder member of the Tavistock Institute and chairman from 1956 - 1966. He spent his last years in the preparation of The Social Engagement of Social Science.


This website is archival. It provides a history/work of the Tavistock Institute and describes the contributions of the Tavistock to social science by reference to the publications of its members and associates.