This chapter takes seriously the rich philosophical underpinnings of the American Pragmatist tradition, which is positioned here as a process and practice-based orientation that has significant potential as a way of seeing the unfolding, dynamic continuity of living organisational experience. The intellectual contributions of the Classical Pragmatists, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, John Dewey, and Gorger Herbert Mead, are summarised, and six key Pragmatist concepts are distilled out of this analysis: Abduction, Inquiry, Habit, Social Selves, Gestural Conversation, and Trans-action. These six concepts are offered as empirical sensitisations in the inquiries into the coordinated, performative actions that emerge in organisational settings.
|Title of host publication||SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods|
|Subtitle of host publication||History and Traditions|
|Editors||Catherine Cassell, Ann L Cunliffe, Gina Grandy|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Dec 2018|