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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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Taking It to the Extremes

Taking It to the Extremes

Transparent and Dark Organizations

(p.106) 5 Taking It to the Extremes
Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives

Craig R. Scott

Stanford University Press

Having put forth a framework to describe a wide range of organizations on the basis of how they and their members communicate identity to various audiences, this chapter examines the two most extreme categories (transparent and dark organizations) and their fundamentally opposite regions. The chapter describes the transparent region generally and then looks specifically at the Roman Catholic Church and Royal Dutch Shell as two organizations operating primarily in that space. The chapter also describes dark organizations generally and then examines two clandestine terrorist groups and men’s bathhouses as examples of collectives located primarily in this region. For both regions, socialization processes are examined.

Keywords:   Continuity Irish Republican Army, dark organizations, men’s bathhouses, National Socialist Underground, Roman Catholic Church, Royal Dutch Shell, socialization, transparent organizations

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