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Pragmatism and Organization Studies

Philippe Lorino


The development of pragmatist thought (Peirce, James, Dewey, and Mead) in the first half of the twentieth century in the United States deeply impacted political science, semiotics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, education, law. Later intellectual trends (analytical philosophy, structuralism, cognitivism) focusing on rational representations or archetypical models somehow sidelined Pragmatism for three decades. In the world of organizations, they often conveyed the Cartesian dream of rational control, which became the mainstream view in management and organization research. In response to t ... More

Keywords: action, cognitivism, control, dualism, exploration, inquiry, performativity, practice, process perspective, representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198753216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198753216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Lorino, author
Distinguished Professor of Organization Theory and Management Control, ESSEC Business School