The Organization Man by William Whyte

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Part One – THE IDEOLOGY OF THE ORGANIZATION MAN3
Introduction3
Scientism5
Belongingness5
Togetherness6
Part Two – THE TRAINING OF ORGANIZATION MAN6
A Generation of Bureaucrats6
The Practical Curriculum7
Business Influence on Education8
The Pipe Line9
The well-Rounded’ Man10
Part Three – THE NEUROSES OF ORGANIZATION MAN12
The Executive: Non-Well-Rounded Man12
The Executive Ego13
Checkers14
Part Four – THE TESTING OF ORGANIZATION MAN15
How Good an Organization Man Are You15
The Tests of Conformity16
Part Five – THE ORGANIZATION SCIENTIST16
The Fight against Genius16
The Bureaucratization of the Scientist17
The Foundation and Projectism18
Part Six – THE ORGANIZATION MAN IN FICTION19
Society as Hero19
Part Seven – THE NEW SUBURBIA ORGANIZATION MAN AT HOME20
The Transients20
The New Root21
Inconspicuous Consumption22
The Outgoing Life23
Conclusion23

Part One – THE IDEOLOGY OF THE ORGANIZATION MAN

Introduction
William whyte wrote this book about the people how work in organization while analyzing their behavior in the organization. Discussing not guest the workers, but also the white-collar people in the usual, clerk sense of the word. These people only work for the organization. They are the ones of our middle class who has left home, spiritually as well as physically, to take the vows of organization life, and it is they who are the mind and soul of our great self-perpetuating institutions. William whyte names them as “The Organization Man”. The organization man seeks redemption of his place on earth--a faith that will satisfy him that what he must endure has a deeper meaning than appears on the surface. He needs; in short, something that will do for him what the Protestant Ethic did once. And slowly, almost imperceptibly, a body of thought has been coalescing that does that. Writer calls it a Social Ethic. With reason it could be called an organization ethic, or a bureaucratic ethic. By social ethic whyte mean that contemporary body of thought which makes morally legitimate the pressures of society against the individual. Its major propositions are three: a belief in the group as the source of creativity; a belief in "belongingness" as the ultimate need of the individual; and a belief in the application of science to achieve the belongingness. So according to whyte man exists as a unit of society. Of himself, he is isolated, meaningless; only as he collaborates with others does he become worth while, for by sublimating himself in the group, he helps produce a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. There should be, then, no conflict between man and society. What we think are conflicts are misunderstandings, breakdowns in communication. By applying the methods of science to human relations we can eliminate these obstacles to consensus and create an equilibrium in which society's needs and the needs of the individual are one and the same. In practice, those who most eagerly subscribe to the Social Ethic worry very little over the long-range problems of society. It is not that they don't care but rather that they tend to assume that the ends of organization and morality coincide, and on such matters as social welfare they give their proxy to the organization. Whtye than picks up the organization man in college, follow him through his initial indoctrination in organization life, and explore the impact of the group way upon him. While speaking for the corporation man more than any other, whyte wish to show the universality of the Social Ethic. In accordance, to the research laboratory and academic life whyte argues that the inclination to the co-operative ideal has had just as important consequences in these areas also. To illustrate further the universality of the Social Ethic, has been discussed in its expression in popular fiction. This book is not a plea for nonconformity. Such pleas have an occasional therapeutic value, but as...
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