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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-xvi
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  1. PART I: The Ideology of Organization Man
  2. pp. 18-19
  1. CHAPTER 1 Introduction
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. CHAPTER 2 The Decline of the Protestant Ethic
  2. pp. 14-22
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Scientism
  2. pp. 22-32
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  1. CHAPTER 4 Belongingness
  2. pp. 32-46
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  1. CHAPTER 5 Togetherness
  2. pp. 46-59
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  1. PART II: The Training of Organization Man
  2. pp. 82-83
  1. CHAPTER 6 A Generation of Bureaucrats
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. CHAPTER 7 The Practical Curriculum
  2. pp. 78-100
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  1. CHAPTER 8 Business Influence on Education
  2. pp. 101-109
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  1. CHAPTER 9 The Pipe Line
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. CHAPTER 10 The "Well-Rounded" Man
  2. pp. 129-137
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  1. PART III: The Neuroses of Organization Man
  2. pp. 162-163
  1. CHAPTER 11 The Executive: Non-Well-Rounded Man
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. CHAPTER 12 The Executive Ego
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. CHAPTER 13 Checkers
  2. pp. 156-167
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  1. PART IV: The Testing of Organization Man
  2. pp. 194-195
  1. CHAPTER 14 How Good an Organization Man Are You?
  2. pp. 171-181
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  1. CHAPTER 15 The Tests of Conformity
  2. pp. 182-201
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  1. PART V: The Organization Scientist
  2. pp. 228-229
  1. CHAPTER 16 The Fight against Genius
  2. pp. 205-217
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  1. CHAPTER 17 The Bureaucratization of the Scientist
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. CHAPTER 18 The Foundations and Projectism
  2. pp. 230-240
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  1. PART VI: The Organization Man in Fiction
  2. pp. 268-269
  1. CHAPTER 19 Love That System
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. CHAPTER 20 Society As Hero
  2. pp. 248-263
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  1. PART VII: The New Suburbia: Organization Man At Home
  2. pp. 293-294
  1. CHAPTER 21 The Transients
  2. pp. 267-280
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  1. CHAPTER 22 The New Roots
  2. pp. 280-298
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  1. CHAPTER 23 Classlessness in Suburbia
  2. pp. 298-312
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  1. CHAPTER 24 Inconspicuous Consumption
  2. pp. 312-329
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  1. CHAPTER 25 The Web of Friendship
  2. pp. 330-349
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  1. CHAPTER 26 The Outgoing Life
  2. pp. 350-365
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  1. CHAPTER 27 The Church of Suburbia
  2. pp. 365-381
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  1. CHAPTER 28 The Organization Children
  2. pp. 382-392
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  1. CHAPTER 29 Conclusion
  2. pp. 392-404
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  1. APPENDIX: How to Cheat on Personality Tests
  2. pp. 405-410
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 411-445
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 413-429
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812209266
Related ISBN
9780812218190
MARC Record
OCLC
859161029
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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