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Language and thinking in organization studies: The visibility of French OS production in the Anglo-Saxon OS field

Jean-François Chanlat (Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 7 October 2014




The purpose of this paper is to clarify the relationship between language, thinking and society for explaining the degree of visibility of the French organizational studies (OS) production.


This paper proposes a sociological analysis based on Bourdieu field to understand the variation of reception the French OS production have had among the Anglo-Saxon field. The paper aims to underline some key elements, which can explain the differences of reception experienced by the French OS scientists. The paper opted for a general review using historical data; reviews of OS literature; and Google scholar, Web of Science and major OS Journal data.


The paper provides some evidence about how the degree of visibility of the French OS production is related to translation, cognitive and social resonance, producer place in the scientific network and relationship between the fields. It suggests that the degree of visibility is the result of a complex set of socio-cognitive schemes, social issues raised by the scholar and the place occupied by the researcher in the field.


The paper brings interesting ideas concerning the international development of the OS field, the degree of visibility of diverse contributions coming from non-English speaking researchers, notably the French ones, and how the dialogue between different linguistic and social universes can be ameliorated.



The author would like to thank deeply Mark Kolibry for the English revision of this text, the coordinators of this Special Issue and the two anonymous referees for their valuable comments in the development of this paper.


Chanlat, J.-F. (2014), "Language and thinking in organization studies: The visibility of French OS production in the Anglo-Saxon OS field", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 504-533.



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