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Volume XXIII • Issue 55 • 2017 (Already published)
Guest editor(s): Baptiste, Rappin
The reign of the end
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Title :  The reign of the end. Metaphysics of management
Author(s) :  Baptiste, Rappin
Abstract :  This article shows the « becoming management » of the world under the features of the « panorganizational » move that names the double move of « becoming world of organizations » and « becoming organization of the world ». Getting back to cybernetics, as the matrix of conceptualisation of the category of organization, allows to engrave management in the metaphysics history as the reign of finality : the diktat of the functionnal finality means the ending of the history of being as presence. We then focus on the end of History, the end of Politics, the end of Work and the end of the World.
Keywords:  cybernetics, metaphysics, political philosophy, management
Pages :  45 - 60
Type :  Prologue
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Title :  Intra-organizational mobility. The end of a model?
Author(s) :  Anne, Janand ; Maud, Guy-Coquille
Abstract :  The purpose of this exploratory research is to question the future of internal mobility in large organizations. The research is based on the analysis of 52 semi-structured interviews and participant observation conducted in two large French firms with high stakes in terms of internal mobility, AutoForm and Société Générale. The results highlight the tensions and ambiguities that faces intra-organizational mobility in its implementation. Through the neo -institutionalist theory, we explicit barriers surrounding internal mobility and then question its future within large organizations
Keywords:  case study, internal mobility, career
Pages :  61 - 85
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  A discussion of the status of the subject in organizations through the proposal of the subject-organizational concept
Author(s) :  Marius, Bertolucci
Abstract :  Our article is concerned with the question of the end of the subject in the organization by the double movement of deconstruction of the subject by the theory and the evolution of the management. The article focuses on the notion of subject with a crossing of two perspectives: the place of the subject in the theories of decision and the becoming of the subject subjected to contemporary techniques of management. First, we will see that the destruction of the concept of decision carries with it a necessary rediscussion of the status of the conscious and deliberative subject in the activity of the organizations to the point of questioning the figure of the decision-maker. Secondly, we will examine the processual ontology of the subject thrown into the organization to mourn the figure of the subject by proposing to understand it as an organizational-subject, that is to say, a non-reflexive modality of men and women conducting the course of organizational action long enough to be affected in the modality of their psychological and physical constitution.
Keywords:  ontology, subject, organizational subject, decision maker
Pages :  87 - 112
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Which conception of finality to justify managerial behaviour?
Author(s) :  Bernard, Guéry
Abstract :  Management often presents itself as the end of beings. The emphasis on MPO strengthen this idea, which products a circularity and an inversion of goals and means. On that landscape, this paper aim is to show the pros and cons of two conception of finality. The first one, the instrumental finality schema, allows to think that the objective is the only goal to take in account in organizations. The other one, transcendantal finality schema, opens the possibility to think the coherence between individual goals and organizational ones. This second finality schema allows to create a basis to virtue based ethics, seen as a justifications of behaviours in the name of the manager’s finality, besides deontology which evacuates finality as a proper jusitification, and besides utilitarianism, which limitates itself to the action’s finality.
Keywords:  stake, purpose, objective, vision, philosophy
Pages :  113 - 133
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Ending with the end? A inquiry on the limits of managent science trough through the lens of Decline-Decadence – wane
Author(s) :  Rémi, Jardat
Abstract :  The issue of the End haunts management and management science, particularly concerning the manifold lifecycle curves they produce and use in diverse domains (strategy, marketing, organizational behaviour). That field of questions is full of ambiguities and projective loads: do not people project their own mortal condition when they attribute some historiality to research objects? We carry on an inquiry about some paragon of finitude – the theme of decadence – and bring to light the eschatological issue of the end of the ends of our word and, consequently, of human science. Through its never ending attempt to matching the essence and the concrete objects, management science secretly aims at an immediate access to the being that antique eschatological religions called “parousia”. Thus, to really move forward management science should develop a reflexive and hermeneutic reading of the utopic presence to the being they unconsciously quest for. What we need is leaving that end aside, so as to engage in a never-ending hermeneutical process.
Keywords:  Hermeneutics, Rome, decline
Pages :  135 - 155
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  About the end of humanity
Author(s) :  Thierry, Berlanda
Abstract :  The question of the end of humanity , understood both as gender and number, is more or less confusedly in everybody’s minds. Regarding humanity as number, outweigh the problems of pollution, overcrowding, over-exploitation of resources and the increasing threats of global conflicts. But regarding humanity as gender dominates the more and more realistic hypothesis of its biotechnological override. It has therefore become urgent to look for a way of reformulating the concept of humanity, integrating modern cultural and scientific determinations that generate the crisis of our old certainties and even common understanding itself.
Keywords:  Phenomenology of life, transhumanism, flesh
Pages :  157 - 167
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Is it really the end of metaphysics of action?
Author(s) :  Baptiste, Rappin
Abstract :  Armand Hatchuel wrote a collective action theory that met a real success in the eyes of management researchers: it offers indeed a strong identity to the organization science. One of the conditions of this theory is to take the way out of the metaphysics of action. We look into this attempt from Heidegger’s point of view.
Keywords:  Hatchuel, Heidegger, metaphysics, theory of collective action
Pages :  169 - 185
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  The philosophical implications of the theory of collective action. Commentary on the article by Baptiste Rappin: "Did the death knell of the metaphysics of action sound?" Heidegger Hatchuel Reader "
Author(s) :  Armand, Hatchuel
Abstract :  The purpose of this intervention is to respond to the philosophical analysis of the theory of collective action as it is expressed through the article of Baptiste Rappin in the present nunméro of the RIPCO. In particular, we show how the arguments put forward are erroneous because they imply a bad appreciation of the theory of collective action.
Keywords:  theory of collective action, philosophy
Pages :  187 - 191
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Death Lines
Author(s) :  Jean-Luc, Moriceau
Abstract :  Approaching research as a lived experience, one quickly understands that deadlines grant research with a specific and peculiar temporality and meaning. Thanks to an autoethnographic narrative and a performative writing, the author realizes that the closer he gets to the end and the higher become his vitality, ideas, engagement, relatedness, and reflexivity. Approaching the end quickens deconstruction and reconstructions of his text, the multiplicity of ends and mournings, of traces and ghosts. A figure of research thus appears, diverging from those in epistemology, as well as a tragic parallel with existence.
Keywords:  deadline, performative writing, research as experience, autoethnography
Pages :  193 - 204
Type :  Epilogue
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Title :  Conducting a diversity policy in a company as a legitimation process. Theoretical framework and empirical evidence
Author(s) :  Jean-François, Chanlat ; Maria Giuseppina, Bruna
Abstract :  Grounded in an empirical research (that has been conducted from 2010 to 2013), the present paper investigates retrospectively the strategic reasons that drove several French large companies to inaugurate, in the second half of the 2000’s, policies supporting diversity promotion and management. It examines, mirroring, the challenges and the issues that continues to support the diversity commitment of these firms and sustain their operational implementation, when these policies reach an organisational maturity. Analysed as a changing process (Bruna, 2013 a,b ; Bruna & Chanlat, 2015), conducting a diversity policy can be considered, following a neo-institutional approach, as an organizational legitimation lever, moral, pragmatic and cognitive as well (Suchman, 1995), in which are nested ethical and juridical constraints, economic considerations and research of conformity with cultural expectations of stakeholders (Barth, 2007; Singh & Point, 2009). The analysis is supported by an empirical exploratory research, based on a corpus of 35 interviews with key-actors engaged in the conduction of diversity policies in several French companies (HR Directors and Managers, diversity leaders and experts) and informal conversations with the same interlocutors.
Keywords:  French companies, cognitive legitimacy, moral legitimacy, organizational legitimacy, pragmatic legitimacy, diversity management, diversity policies
Pages :  205 - 245
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  The faces of personal trust
Author(s) :  Frédéric, Bornarel
Abstract :  The representation of personal trust in managerial trust studies is based on a specific restricted view of social relations. Generally, trust is viewed in a rational and optimistic form which provides multiple benefits. But this well-established form only accounts for a fragmented reality of social relations. In complement, the critical perspective aims to go beyond this conventional perspective. It then depicts trust as motivated by rational search for all its benefits, including those based on abusive use of trust. Two others view of trust –the ethical approach and the perverse approach- are stressed to overtake rational personal trust, particularly by encompassing the weight of emotions. Conventional, critical, perverse and ethical conceptions are the four figures of a personal trust typology. It eases a rigorous diagnosis of trust relationships at work in organizations.
Keywords:  critical approach, established approach, ethical approach, perverse approach, personal trust, typology
Pages :  247 - 275
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Psychological variables mediated by the serious game in the professional insertion and training
Author(s) :  Daniel, Gilibert ; Jérôme, Dinet ; Mariama Lobsang, Ndao
Abstract :  This article presents a state of the art on the link between serious games and psychological variables and their influence on social outcome. Thus, it puts into perspective different research on games and their evolution in the work world, analyzes their impact on job seekers’s learning and behavior, before highlighting the serious game catalytic effects in professional insertion and training. The research perspectives induced by this article are the job search’s gamification and the introduction of a new concept " psycho- socio-professional " in counseling.
Keywords:  insertion, serious game, dispositional variables, accompaniment
Pages :  277 - 296
Type :  Research paper
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Title :  Researcher emotions and feelings in the sensemaking process. The case of Darwin Expedition
Author(s) :  Marie, Perez
Abstract :  Studies on emotions and feelings role in the process of sensemaking are few. Nevertheless they are decisive and can be a real asset. Self-analysis of a researcher emotions and feelings in an expedition of mountaineers is pertinent to concretely understand how they act in its construction of sensemaking. The results show that emotions and feelings are infused throughout the process and that their regulation (1) allows the researcher to continue collecting the data, (2) allows for better empathy, and (3) a feeling can crystallize an interpretation. Finally, we advocate a physical and mental preparation and a better acceptance of the risk of subjectivity of the management researcher.
Keywords:  emotions, ethnographic study, Darwin expedition, feelings, sensemaking
Pages :  297 - 320
Type :  Research paper
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