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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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Unveiling a New Framework of Organizations and Organizational Regions

Unveiling a New Framework of Organizations and Organizational Regions

(p.81) 4 Unveiling a New Framework of Organizations and Organizational Regions
Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives

Craig R. Scott

Stanford University Press

This chapter develops a framework for talking about organizations based on three key dimensions tied to the communication of identity: organizational visibility, member identification, and relevant audience. By combining these three continua into a multidimensional space and looking toward the ends of each, we can begin to describe eight organizational regions that range from highly transparent and shaded to those better described as shadowed and dark. These regions reflect differences in how organizations and their members communicate their identity to relevant audiences.

Keywords:   communication of identity, dark organizations, framework for regionalizing organizations, member identification, motivations, organizational visibility, relevant audience, shaded organizations, shadowed organizations, transparent organizations

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