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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Lessons in Fluidity: Anonymous and the Communicative Formation of Organizational Identity
Organization Unit
  • Dennis Schoeneborn
  • Leonhard Dobusch
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name UZH Business Working Paper
Number 335
ISSN 2296-0422
Number of Pages 43
Date 2013
Abstract Text Most research on organizational identity tends to take an essentialist perspective, differentiating between an identity construed internally by members of the organization and an image construed by external actors. However, the duality of identity and image struggles with capturing more fluid, open, or partial organizational arrangements, where it is difficult to uphold this distinction. Looking at the case of the hacker collective Anonymous as an extreme example of organization, this paper proposes to adopt a communication-centered perspective in order to better understand the formation of organizational identity. Drawing on the emerging “communicative constitution of organizations” (CCO) framework, we transcend both an essentialist and a member-centered view by arguing that organizational identity is achieved through communicative events that demarcate the boundaries between actions attributed either to the organization or to the organizational environment.
Digital Object Identifier 10.2139/ssrn.2283155
Other Identification Number merlin-id:8852
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