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Organizational resistance as a vector of deterritorialization: The case of WikiLeaks and secrecy havens

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Iain Munro



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This paper investigates the relations of power and resistance manifest by the WikiLeaks network. The primary research question of this inquiry is, ‘what power relations and possibilities for resistance are presented by WikiLeaks as a novel form of network organization?’ The paper shows that WikiLeaks has been able to exert influence from the periphery of existing networks by exploiting vectors of ‘deterritorialization’ to destabilize existing power relations. The paper contributes to the literature on the network organization by developing an account of resistance to State and corporate power in terms of an ‘absolute deterritorialization.’ This idea has important implications for the tactics of resistance in network organizations, where vectors of deterritorialization have become a defining feature of resistance tactics of the WikiLeaks network.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Munro I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organization

Year: 2016

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

Pages: 567-587

Print publication date: 01/07/2016

Online publication date: 01/07/2015

Acceptance date: 25/05/2015

Date deposited: 23/09/2015

ISSN (print): 1350-5084

ISSN (electronic): 1461-7323

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1350508415591362


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