Assertions of Data Transparency: Organized Immaturity After GDPR

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If organized immaturity presents a key problematic of private sector digitalization, transparency is in-creasingly proposed as its antidote. Transparency, it is often claimed, enables the reorganization of maturity by allowing individuals insight into and control of the ways companies collect and leverage personal data about them. However, studies of the state of "data transparency" in Europe after the en-actment of GDPR suggest that new transparency measures may be as misleading as they are informa-tive. What, then, is the relationship between transparency and organized immaturity? In this conceptual paper, I combine speech act and decoupling theory to argue that the assertiveness of decoupled trans-parency may produce both individual maturity and immaturity. Interestingly, this entails that even de-ceptive transparency might become an engine for reorganizing maturity -- although not without risk. Theorizing these relations, however, allows for outlining implications for actors engaged in data pro-tection to increase transparency's potential for reorganizing maturity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonja Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022: Creating a Better World Together - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022
Conference number: 82


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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