Identity without Membership? Anonymous and the Communicative Formation of Organizational Identity

Leonhard Dobusch, Dennis Schoeneborn

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    Abstrakt

    Most research on organizational identity tends to adopt an essentialist perspective, usually differentiating between an organization’s identity, which is constructed internally by the organization’s members, and image, which is constructed by external actors. However, an essentialist view on identity does not capture adequately more fluid organizational arrangements, where it is difficult to establish a clear distinction between members and non-members. Therefore, building upon processual views, in this paper we propose to adopt a communication-centered perspective that allows us to examine the formation of organizational identity in more fluid organizational settings. Drawing on an empirical study of the hacker collective Anonymous, we show that organizational identity is formed through public communicative events that are subject to meaning negotiation whether or not actions can be attributed to Anonymous as a collective actor.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato2014
    Antal sider41
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014: The Power of Words - Philadelphia, USA
    Varighed: 1 aug. 20145 aug. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 74
    http://aom.org/annualmeeting/

    Konference

    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014
    Nummer74
    LandUSA
    ByPhiladelphia
    Periode01/08/201405/08/2014
    Internetadresse

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    Emneord

    • Communication as constitutive of organizations
    • Organizational identity
    • Anonymous

    Citationsformater

    Dobusch, L., & Schoeneborn, D. (2014). Identity without Membership? Anonymous and the Communicative Formation of Organizational Identity. Afhandling præsenteret på The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014, Philadelphia, USA.