The chapter uses a comparative case study design to address the mutations and trajectories of transparency in two organizations. We chose organizations that are similar in that they favor extensive forms of self-disclosure, but also different in terms of which sector they inhabit, audiences, and organization type: the Pirate Party of Germany and the lobby organization Epsilon. The findings, in close dialog with different threads in the transparency literature, unveil three crucial dimensions in which transparency regimes are likely to trigger unintended consequences: first, organizations have to cope with the tension between the disclosure of internal information on the one hand, and the need to appear consistent in public on the other. Second, transparency strategies can, however, turn into surveillance and trigger new forms of data ordering, sorting, and aggregating practices. Third, disclosure practices create and undermine complex hierarchies and power relations for organizational members. The comparison of the cases demonstrates that it is crucial to observe the practical implications and multiple trajectories of transparency practices.
|Title of host publication||Toward Permeable Boundaries of Organizations?|
|Editors||Leopold Ringel, Petra Hiller, Charlene Zietsma|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publisher||Emerald Group Publishing|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781787438286, 9781787439917|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Series||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|