Pierre MUSSO


Pierre MUSSO

Communication sciences, University of Rennes 2, France - Associate Fellow

Fellowship : October 2016 to June 2017 (Previousfellowships: October 2014 to June 2015 and October 2014 to June 2016)

Discipline(s) : Philosophy

Area(s) of expertise : Communication science

Pays : France

Research project: "The great texts of industrial religion and management: a critical anthology"

The Western (Euro-American) built in its modernity an “industrial religion” (Pierre Legendre) accompanied by a dogmatic compound of texts, images and emblems celebrating the efficiency, the technoscience-economics and its "progress". This religion of the West has a universal claim. Its managerial dogma is supported by companies and international institutions, but also by currents of thought, and journals such as the Harvard Business Review.

Its corpus of texts consists of the breviary and doctrines that dramatize the efficiency and performance. It claims the capacity to define behaviors, rules of believing and living and it contributes to the training of body and mind.

The genealogy of Management texts that Pierre MUSSO develops will not be limited to classical texts from Taylorism-Fordism but will make an archaeology bringing to light some texts and some major moments, from the texts of the Abbot Suger, builder of the Basilica of Saint-Denis or Pope Alexander VI, or even Olivier de Serres in 1600, insisting on the contribution of the 19th century, including Saint-Simonian movement. The aim is to achieve an anthology over a long period, to highlight the deep roots of this managerial normativity, and to make a critical analysis of this corpus to contribute to an anthropology of the industrial religion.


Pierre MUSSO, philosopher, is a Professor of Information Science and Communication at the University of Rennes 2. He also work at Telecom Paris Tech School. He is founder and director of the Chair "Modeling Imaginary, Innovation and Creativity" that he created between these two academic institutions and with the support of four global industrial partners: Dassault Systèmes, PSA Peugeot -Citroën, Orange and Ubisoft. He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Analysis of Human and Social Processes, in the University of Rennes 2 and associate member of the laboratory UMR CNRS 5611 “Literature, ideology, Representations, 18th-19th centuries” in Lyon. Prior to joining the University, he has participated or led research and forecasting services in the telecom sector, including the National Telecommunication Study Center (CNET), the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) and the planning department (DATAR) in France. He was a member of the first Board of Directors of France Telecom. He was during many years teacher at the Sorbonne University in the political sciences department. During these years he defended his state thesis on "Symbolic operation of telecommunications and the Saint-Simonian philosophy”. He is the author of numerous books on Communication and the media, Networks and Territories. He also wrote about Henri Saint-Simon and saint-simonianism. He co-directed the critical edition of the Complete Works of Henri Saint-Simon published at the PUF (2012) in the "Quadrige" collection 

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