Secrecy and communication: towards a research agenda

Ziyun Fan, Jana Costas, Christopher Grey

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The purpose of this paper is to identify possible lines of research relating to communication and secrecy.

This paper is a conceptual essay drawing on recent research on secrecy.

The findings suggest that secrecy entails the communication of rules about communication, and that secrecy can play a role in the communicative constitution of organizations.

The paper is innovative in configuring secrecy as a form of communication rather than being the opposite of communication, and in showing the linkages between what are normally two separate domains of research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-566
Number of pages5
JournalCorporate Communications
Issue number4
Early online date13 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017

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