Fluidity, Identity, and Organizationality: The Communicative Constitution of Anonymous

Leonhard Dobusch, Dennis Schoeneborn

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    Resumé

    This paper examines how fluid social collectives, where membership is latent, contested, or unclear, achieve “organizationality”, that is, how they achieve organizational identity and actorhood. Drawing on the “communicative constitution of organizations” perspective, we argue that the organizationality of a social collective is accomplished through “identity claims”—i.e., speech acts that concern what the social collective is or does—and negotiations on whether or not these claims have been made on the collective's behalf. We empirically examine the case of the hacker collective Anonymous and analyze relevant identity claims to investigate two critical episodes in which the organizationality of Anonymous was contested. Our study contributes to organization studies by showing that fluid social collective are able to temporarily reinstate organizational actorhood through the performance of carefully prepared and staged identity claims.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Management Studies
    Vol/bind52
    Udgave nummer8
    Sider (fra-til)1005-1035
    Antal sider31
    ISSN0022-2380
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2015

    Emneord

    • Anonymous
    • communicative constitution of organizations (CCO)
    • Fluidity
    • Identity-claim analysis
    • Organizationality
    • Organizational identity

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