Éric Pichet

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Éric Pichet, 2013

Éric Pichet (born in 1960) is a French Business School professor specialising in market finance, monetary economics, fiscal economics, corporate governance and public sector governance.


  • Efficient financial regulation theories necessarily derive from lucid postulates about the general invariability of human nature, specifically where financial institution executives are involved (see the latest contributions from the field of evolutionary psychology). There is little chance that this will change much over the next few decades -but it is no use complaining, seeing as greed has always been (and will always be) one of the most powerful drivers of capitalist progress.

The Epistemology of Social Science (2011)[edit]

Éric Pichet. The Epistemology of Social Science originally L’Art de l’HDR, 2011.

  • An inherent paradox of intellectual activity is that reflection (i.e.the phase were a research project is trying to process a complex problem) can be very time-consuming . Unfortunately, it is only when researchers are driven by a sense of urgency that they can make real progress.
    • p. 53.
  • The aptitudes needed to conduct a real research project are fundamentally different from the ones needed for purposes of scientific vulgarisation (like education). This is because above and beyond a capacity for understanding problems and thinking and expressing oneself clearly – something that every good teacher has –an enormous amount of perseverance and stamina is necessary, and above all a scientific approach rooted in real inventiveness.
    • p. 87.
  • Common wisdom holds that the most complicated thing in the universe (asides fom the universe itself) is the human brain. In actual fact, however, other objects are even more complex – starting with human society, especially today’s hypermodern society, a product of thousands and even billions of human brains; not to forget globalisation and the Internet.
    • p. 115.
  • Misapprehensions about the crucial question of whether Management constitutes a scientific discipline stem, in my view, from the multiplicity of perspectives involved: theoretical; normative; technical/educational; and practical. This makes is far too easy for critics to deride practical advice developed in this field, something they assimilate far too readily (and erroneously) with ready-made solutions, ignoring the epistemological vision underlying all management studies.
    • p. 141.

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