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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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Unmasking What We Know about Hidden Organizations

Unmasking What We Know about Hidden Organizations

(p.25) 2 Unmasking What We Know about Hidden Organizations
Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives

Craig R. Scott

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines relevant research about hidden organizations as it has emerged in various disciplines. It addresses work on secret societies, criminal organizations, the informal economy, terrorist organizations, secret government agencies, and other hidden collectives. Several conclusions are drawn from this research, which are helpful in talking about the strategic communication of organizational and organizational member identity in these hidden organizations.

Keywords:   advertising problem, communication problem, front organizations, government agencies, hate groups, identification problem, informal economy, organized crime, secret societies, terrorist organizations

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