Barnard was prompted by Vilfredo Pareto's seminal four volume work Mind and Society to apply his theories of sociology to management studies. Barnard's study of interaction between people in economic settings was contentious in that he concluded that human behaviour within these settings is largely non-economic and instead approaches ritualistic symbolism.

I. Some Principles and Basic Considerations in Personnel Relations
II. Dilemmas of Leadership in the Democratic Process
III. Riot of the Unemployed at Trenton, N. J., 1935
IV. The Nature of Leadership
V. Concepts of Organization
VI. On Planning for World Government
VII. A Review of Barbara Wootton's Freedom under Planning
VIII. Education for Executives
Functions and Pathology of Status Systems in Formal Organizations