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Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert CollectivesRethinking Organizations in the 21st Century$
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Craig Scott

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781381

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781381.001.0001

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To Name or Not to Name, That Is the Question

To Name or Not to Name, That Is the Question

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Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives

Craig R. Scott

Stanford University Press

This chapter questions the assumption that all organizations wish to be prominently identified and highly visible to various audiences. The complex society of the twenty-first century is characterized by an increasingly diverse set of hidden organizations-including secret societies, fraternal orders, organized crime, gangs, terrorist cells, counterterrorism and government intelligence agencies, the informal economy, backstreet businesses, anonymous support groups, hacktivists, obscure political fundraising groups, and various front organizations. Thus, there is a need for a contemporary framework that captures key communication and identity issues at play for a range of organizations-including, but not limited to, those where members or entire organizations remain largely hidden to at least certain key audiences.

Keywords:   classification of organizations, hidden organizations, invisible, naming, reputation, Times Square, visual identity

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