Pragmatism and practice theory: Convergenses or collisions

Anders Buch, Bente Elkjær

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Proponents of the ‘practice turn’ in the social sciences rarely mention American pragmatism as a source of inspiration or refer to pragmatist philosophy. This strikes us as not only odd, but also a disadvantage since the pragmatist legacy has much to offer practice theory in the study of organizations. In this paper we want to spell out the theoretical similarities and divergences between practice theory and pragmatism to consider whether the two traditions can find common ground when gazing upon organization studies. We suggest that pragmatism should be included in the ‘tool-kit’ of practice-based studies of organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateApr 2015
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
EventOLKC 2015: International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities - Milano, Italy
Duration: 9 Apr 201511 Apr 2015


ConferenceOLKC 2015

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