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1 IRG - Institut de Recherche en Gestion 2 CGS i3 - Centre de Gestion Scientifique i3

Abstract : This paper discusses the problematic use of the - pragmatic credo - – defined as a minimal set of basic pragmatist propositions – in practice, especially when facing creation. To do so, we analyze how managers deal with - art-based firms - and provide results from an in-depth case study of a small firm operating in garden art and design Béjean 2015; Béjean 2008. The findings are interpreted in light of previous theoretical developments in management theory Hatchuel 2005, as well as symbol theory Goodman 1968; Goodman 1978. They suggest that, while appearing wise and reasonable, the pragmatic credo as embodied in practical management doctrines rather inhibits collective action and masks the necessary revision of symbolic - orders of action - , defined as the way action is itself pre-categorized by a special class of symbols. The paper concludes by providing further insights of how an - epistemology of action - could contribute to enriching both pragmatism and management, especially when action is no longer the solution to resort to but rather the enigma to unfold.

Keywords : Orders of action Pragmatism Philosophy of management Meaning-making Symbolic functioning Epistemology of action

Author: Mathias Béjean - Armand Hatchuel -

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