Communication as Constitutive of Terrorist Organizations
University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW); University of Zurich - Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology
Andreas Georg Scherer
University of Zurich - IBW Department of Business Administration
February 1, 2010
University of Zurich Institute of Organization and Administrative Science IOU Working Paper No. 104
Academy of Management 2010 Conference, Montréal (Canada), August 8-10, 2010, OMT Division (Organization and Management Theory)
This paper deals with the question how today’s globalized forms of terrorism can be understood in their organizational dimension. Starting from the estimation that existing concepts (e.g., hierarchy, network, or social movement) are limited in comprehending these new forms of terrorist organizing, we propose an alternative perspective on organizations as being more adequate: the communication-as-constitutive of organizations perspective (CCO; Ashcraft, Kuhn & Cooren, 2009; Putnam & Nicotera, 2009). Based on the CCO perspective, terrorist organizations can be conceptualized as essentially consisting of communicative events which necessitate to become interconnected over time. Keeping in mind this rather ephemeral notion of organizations, CCO points our attention to the constitutive conditions which allow for the emergence and stabilization of terrorist organizing. We finally derive suggestions on how to destabilize the continuous reproduction of terrorist organizing practices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Terrorism, Organization Theory, Organizational Communication, Communication-As-Constitutive Of Organizations (CCO)working papers series
Date posted: February 15, 2010
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