The Organization Man

The Organization Man

by William H. Whyte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812218191

ISBN-13: 9780812218190

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Regarded as one of the most important sociological and business commentaries of modern times, The Organization Man developed the first thorough description of the impact of mass organization on American society. During the height of the Eisenhower administration, corporations appeared to provide a blissful answer to postwar life with the marketing of new

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Regarded as one of the most important sociological and business commentaries of modern times, The Organization Man developed the first thorough description of the impact of mass organization on American society. During the height of the Eisenhower administration, corporations appeared to provide a blissful answer to postwar life with the marketing of new technologies—television, affordable cars, space travel, fast food—and lifestyles, such as carefully planned suburban communities centered around the nuclear family. William H. Whyte found this phenomenon alarming.

As an editor for Fortune magazine, Whyte was well placed to observe corporate America; it became clear to him that the American belief in the perfectibility of society was shifting from one of individual initiative to one that could be achieved at the expense of the individual. With its clear analysis of contemporary working and living arrangements, The Organization Man rapidly achieved bestseller status.

Since the time of the book's original publication, the American workplace has undergone massive changes. In the 1990s, the rule of large corporations seemed less relevant as small entrepreneurs made fortunes from new technologies, in the process bucking old corporate trends. In fact this "new economy" appeared to have doomed Whyte's original analysis as an artifact from a bygone day. But the recent collapse of so many startup businesses, gigantic mergers of international conglomerates, and the reality of economic globalization make The Organization Man all the more essential as background for understanding today's global market. This edition contains a new foreword by noted journalist and author Joseph Nocera. In an afterword Jenny Bell Whyte describes how The Organization Man was written.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812218190
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
574,991
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewod
Pt. IThe Ideology of Organization Man
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2The Decline of the Protestant Ethic14
Ch. 3Scientism22
Ch. 4Belongingness32
Ch. 5Togetherness46
Pt. IIThe Training of Organization Man
Ch. 6A Generation of Bureaucrats63
Ch. 7The Practical Curriculum78
Ch. 8Business Influence on Education101
Ch. 9The Pipe Line109
Ch. 10The "Well-Rounded" Man129
Pt. IIIThe Neuroses of Organization Man
Ch. 11The Executive: Non-Well-Rounded Man141
Ch. 12The Executive Ego150
Ch. 13Checkers156
Pt. IVThe Testing of Organization Man
Ch. 14How Good an Organization Man Are You?171
Ch. 15The Tests of Conformity182
Pt. VThe Organization Scientist
Ch. 16The Fight against Genius205
Ch. 17The Bureaucratization of the Scientist217
Ch. 18The Foundations and Projectism230
Pt. VIThe Organization Man in Fiction
Ch. 19Love That System243
Ch. 20Society As Hero248
Pt. VIIThe New Suburbia: Organization Man at Home
Ch. 21The Transients267
Ch. 22The New Roots280
Ch. 23Classlessness in Suburbia298
Ch. 24Inconspicuous Consumption312
Ch. 25The Web of Friendship330
Ch. 26The Outgoing Life350
Ch. 27The Church of Suburbia365
Ch. 28The Organization Children382
Ch. 29Conclusion392
AppHow to Cheat on Personality Tests405
Acknowledgments411
Index413

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