Sub-theme 62: Secrecy, Secrets and Organizations

Jana Costas, European University Viadrina, Germany
Chris Grey, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Session I: Thursday, July 06, 11:00 to 12:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Introduction: Secrecy at Work
Presented by Jana Costas & Chris Grey with Craig Scott as discussant
Session II: Thursday, July 06, 14:00 to 15:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy, Innovation and Creativity
Chair: Chris Grey
Helena S.E. Fornstedt, Marcus Lindahl and David Sköld
Stealth Innovation Diffusion – Strategies of hiding the ‘new’ to facilitate innovation diffusion
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Irina Liuberte
Sylvain Colombero, Raffi Duymedjian and Amélie Boutinot
Creating "like a complete unknown": Bob Dylan or the interest of becoming imperceptible for ever-renewed creation
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Ionna Iordanou
Birke Otto
Secrecy and creativity: The potential of discretionary spaces in science-based innovation
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Marcus Lindahl
Session III: Friday, July 07, 09:00 to 10:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy, Gossip and Talk
Chair: Jana Costas
Ziyun Fan and Chris Grey
The ethnography of secrecy and the secrecy of ethnography: Ethical and emotional dilemmas of researching organizational secrecy
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Sylvain Colombero
Boróka Tímea Pápay and Károly Takács
Money talks: Gossip as a tool of competition and informal undermining
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Ziyun Fan
Nathalie Amstutz and Hanna Vöhringer
Talk and silence: Organizational regulation of gender equality discourses and logics of appropriate communication
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Sarah Richard
Session IV: Friday, July 07, 11:00 to 12:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy and Scandal
Chair: Chris Grey
Sofia Villo
Why managers fail management of stakeholder concern over environmental issues? Unexpected sources of secrecy: Gazprom/Greenpeace case and the like
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Marja-Liisa Kuronen
Hervé Laroche, Véronique Steyer and Christelle Théron
Secrecy and its ripples: Lessons from the art of scams
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Jana Costas
Tom Forbes and Robin Fincham
Institutional maintenance as secrecy: The dirty work of doping in professional cycling
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Herve Laroche
Session V: Friday, July 07, 14:00 to 15:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy within and between Firms
Chair: Jana Costas
Ajeet N. Mathur and Sari S.A. Mattila
For the ‘common good’ ? Secrecy of organisational processes in judgements about people
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Tom Forbes
Nicky Dries, Jolyn Gelens, Joeri Hofmans and Roland Pepermans
Secrecy, Status Ambiguity, and Power in Organizational Talent Management Programs
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Boroka Papay
Irina Liubertė
The ways firms share and hide: Knowledge secrecy in inter-firm cooperation
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Birke Dorothea Otto
Session VI: Saturday, July 08, 09:00 to 10:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy, Transparency and Disclosure
Chair: Chris Grey
Sarah Richard and Daniel Casoinic
Newcomers with disabilities in the workplace: An exploratory study of disclosure motivations
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Nathalie Amstutz
Craig R. Scott and SoeYoon Choi
Top secret, bottom up: Thoughts on message classifications and restrictions by non-state organizations and their members
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Timothy Coombs
Marja-Liisa Kuronen, Jukka Mäkinen and Merja Koskela
To publish or not to publish information disclosure principles – European public companies facing institutional pressure of transparency
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Sofia Villo
Session VII: Saturday, July 08, 11:00 to 12:30, M A216 (2nd floor)
Secrecy: Diverse Explorations
Chair: Jana Costas
Guy Huber and Ioanna Iordanou
The Ten: Secrecy, disciplinary power and identity work
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Chris Grey
Louis Vuarin
How to create a terrorist? Empirical evidences for a cognitive facet of secrets and secrecy in organizations
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Christelle Theron
Rachel Whitten and W. Timothy Coombs
Exploring an organizational secrecy process: Converting public information into secrets
Discussant(s)Discussant(s): Ajeet Mathur