Revisiting Pragmatism in Soft Operational Research

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This presentation of early work in progress aims to enrich the incorporation of pragmatism as an
underpinning philosophy for Soft OR. This philosophy has been already explored by Ormerod and Ulrich, directing it to account for professional OR / citizen practice. A complementary presentation of pragmatism is made by looking at how this philosophy has made inroads in the field of creativity. It is proposed to reconsider, if possible within the limits of pragmatism, how we could unlink human experience from its potential orientation to future action. To do that, it might be necessary to focus on the ritualistic aspects of experience.
Period15 Sept 2022
Event titleUK Operational Research Annual Conference: O4 64
Event typeConference
LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Pragmatism
  • Soft Operational Research
  • Experience
  • Ritual