Season the pork chops all over with the paprika, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; set aside. Toast the pecans in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes; transfer to a small bowl.
Heat the olive oil in the skillet. Add the pork chops and cook until well browned, about 6 minutes per side (a thermometer inserted sideways into the center should register 145 degrees F). Remove to a large plate and let rest.
Add the cabbage to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly wilted, 1 to 2 minutes; remove from the heat. Add the dried cranberries, pear, scallions, vinegar and toasted pecans. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Serve the pork chops with the slaw.