Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, George Hebert Mead, and John Dewey have been credited as the most prominent classic pragmatist thinkers and pioneers. Although each of them had distinguishable approach in developing their own version of pragmatism, they all shared one common conviction, which argues for experience as the source of practical and actionable knowledge, for the experimental and reflexive engagement with others and the worlds, and for an ever-changing world based on evolutionary emergence (Elkjaer & Simpson, 2011). All of them challenged and rejected the dualistic thinking that characterizes Western philosophy. It is James, who coined the term ‘pragmatism’, while Pierce called his own approach ‘pragmaticism’, Mead adopted ‘social behaviorism’ to label his perspective, and Dewey preferred the terms ‘experimentalism’ or ‘instrumentalism’.
The classical pragmatis brings interesting new insights to different issues in management and organization studies. For example, Herbert Blumer appropriated Mead’s thinking to develop the symbolic interactionist movement, which then becomes the unofficial theory of sensemaking (Weick, 1995, p. 4). Pierce’s notion of semiotic mediation has been used to explore the methodological implications of non-representational approaches to organizational complexity (Lorino et al., 2011).
Therefore, this workshop aims to providing an opportunity to engage in diverse thoughts and analyses of new challenges in management through the lens of pragmatist philosophy. The covered topics include sustainability, risk management, governance, control and leadership. It brings together scholars and PhD students from different institutions in France and overseas for a rich discussion on how these issues are from a pragmatist perspective.
The workshop does not invite submission, but is open to public participation. Academic scholars, PhD students, practitioners are all welcome to join.