Many streams of research in organization and management have criticized the mainstream view of organizations as decision-making and information-processing structures, controlled through rational representations (substantive or procedural rationality). These streams of research share some theoretical principles: their processual view of organizing as ‘becoming’, their emphasis on the role of action and action meaning; their interest in the agential power of artefacts; the exploratory and inquiring nature of organizing. Pragmatist thought can provide those approaches with a general intellectual orientation (radical critique of the dualisms which often hinder organization studies: thought and action, design and utilization, decision and execution, reality and representation) and with a conceptual toolbox (key concepts for organization and management studies, such as inquiry, semiotic mediation, habit, abduction, trans-action, and valuation).
LORINO, P. (2018). Pragmatism and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press, 384 pages.