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Tapscott, D., Lowy A., & Ticoll D. (2000).  Digital Capital : Harnessing the Power of Business Webs.
"Corruption thrives in a culture of secrecy." (p. 182)
Nair, K. (1997).  A higher standard of leadership: lessons from the life of Gandhi.
"'Secrecy, in my opinion,' wrote Ghandi, 'is a sin and a symptom of violence, therefore, to be definitely avoided.' Ghandi was of the view that individuals and organizations committed to truth and nonviolence could not have secrets." (p. 43)
Kouzes, J. M., & Posner B. Z. (1987).  The Leadership Challenge.
"Still another way to build trust is by being open about your own actions and intentions. You don't find it easy to trust someone who is secretive or who 'plays the cards close to the vest.' Scrupulously avoiding 'secret' meetings and closed-door sessions is essential, because such secrecy fuels images of organizational politics and chicanery." (p. 152)
Shorris, E. (1984).  Scenes from Corporate.
"As Arendt said, 'Real power begins where secrecy begins.' The leaders of corporations use intermural and intramural secrecy to gain power for their organizations and for themselves." (p. 289)

See also: deception, corruption, openness

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Concept Scheme: business culture/management vocabulary

URI: business culture/management vocabulary


  • Concept: secrecy
    • preferred: secrecy
    • definition: the trait of keeping things secret
    • related: deception
    • related: corruption
    • closeMatch:
    • keyword-201
    • antonym: openness
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      • sense: secrecy
      • sense: secretiveness
      • sense: silence
      • secrecy
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: the trait of keeping things secret
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      • synset id: 104652177
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