The Organization Man

The Organization Man Who s the organization man In America he s the prosperous white collar worker who lives under the protection of a big organization such as the civil service or a business corporation who has a kind

  • Title: The Organization Man
  • Author: William H. Whyte
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who s the organization man In America he s the prosperous, white collar worker who lives under the protection of a big organization such as the civil service or a business corporation, who has a kind of job in which Americans are finding a promise of security high standards of living This book is a study of him how he s trained in college ampWho s the organization man In America he s the prosperous, white collar worker who lives under the protection of a big organization such as the civil service or a business corporation, who has a kind of job in which Americans are finding a promise of security high standards of living This book is a study of him how he s trained in college at work, how he s selected tested for employment advancement, how he lives in the family, how he worships, what he thinks, what he hopes to get out of life All this is of direct interest to us, for what is happening in America is happening here We are most of us, to some degree, organization men, specialization is already ousting the liberal arts from pride of place in our educational system Is ours to be a society governed by the mediocrity of business method We will do well to take warning from The Organization Man.Part I The Ideology of Organization Man1 Introduction 2 The Decline of the Protestant Ethic3 Scientism 4 Belongingness5 Togetherness Part II The Training of Organization Man6 A Generation of Bureaucrats7 The Practical Curriculum8 Business Influence on Education9 The Pipe Line10 The Well Rounded ManPart III The Neuroses of Organization Man11 The Executive Non Well Rounded Man12 The Executive Ego 13 Checkers Part IV The Testing of Organization Man14 How Good an Organization Man are You 15 The Tests of Conformity Part V The Organization Scientist16 The Fight against Genius 17 The Bureaucratization of the Scientist18 The Foundations and Projectism Part VI The Organization Man in Fiction19 Love That System20 Society as Hero Part VII The New Suburbia Organization Man at Home21 The Transients22 The New Roots 23 Classlessness in Suburbia24 Inconspicuous Consumption25 The Web of Friendship 26 The Outgoing Life 27 The Church of Suburbia28 The Organization ChildrenConclusion Appendix How to Cheat on Personality TestsAcknowledgmentsIndex

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    1. I changed this to a 3 1/2 on the assumption that if I read it again (assuming I could get through it) I'd think a bit more of it than I did 53+ years ago.(originally posted 1/25/13)I read this book fifty years ago now, in the summer of '62. It was to be read before starting my freshman year in college.I don't think I got much out of it. Although I had had good marks in high school, I came from a small town in the Midwest. My classmates in college were mostly from big high schools in the east. So [...]

    2. I read this about a dozen years ago in grad school, and I believe it is one of the seminal academic books of mid-century America. Whyte documented the radical shift in social importance that large corporations had attained along with their economic preeminence.However, the book is obsolete as anything but sociological history. The faithful organization man required a paternalistic corporation to make sense, and that pairing collapsed with the advent of deep international competition in the seven [...]

    3. The world has sure changed!Published June 2003 in WorldWIT. Taking the Organization out of the ManSally's World, June 2003sallyduros/taking-the-By SALLY DUROSThere's a book I have to read. It's called The Organization Man. It was written in 1956 by William Whyte, and it's about time that I learned what the book says.When I was a girl, I held a secret deep and true, and that was that somehow even though I was female I would grow up to be an "Organization Man." My dad was an Organization Man, and [...]

    4. I bookmooched this just to read a couple of chapters on a Chicago suburb called Park Forest. I started reading somewhere in the middle and became so engrossed that when I finished I started back at the beginning. On the surface it would appear that a book that discusses the rise of the company businessman (white men, all) would yield nothing important to my life, but instead this book gave me a glimpse into an America that I never knew first hand yet is still mythologized by the media and Republ [...]

    5. It's all that and a bag of myers briggs tests I love books like this, It calls bullshit on about a century of management theory, oddly enough, it was written in the middle of that century, making even more telling.

    6. This is a tremendous book - and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone involved in business. The lessons are as fresh and important today as they were 50-60 years ago. If you will, the "Organization Man" won out and we've forgotten Whyte's lessons about why this will be a problem.Have to say, though, the modern intro is a silly introduction. Some writer (probably well know) at Fortune tells us "nice read but we don't have these problems any more" Yikes. I don't think he's ever lived within the wor [...]

    7. This book was originally published in 1956 and reissued in 2002.It was remarkably prescient in its warning against conformity and groupthink. Whyte advocated a healthy ecosystem of divergent personality types and thinking patterns in order to build more resilient companies/communities/societies. This is a very topical and thought-provoking book and I am enjoying it immensely.

    8. 40-те и 50-те години на миналия век са знаменателни в много отношения, включително и икономическо. Голямата депресия вече е преодоляна и въпреки ВСВ икономиката бумти като тенджера под налягане. Големите корпорации излизат като основни играчи на световната икономическа сце [...]

    9. It's very hard to remember through the book that it was written in the 1950s - even though a lot of stuff in the family dynamics seems old-fashioned, most of the observations on the dynamic in the corporations and the people that work in it seem spot-on.There are some great discussions on individuality, on the scientists in the corporations and academia, the group life and its consequences. Some times the book reads like an anti-utopia, sometimes it has more utopia-like tones, but in the end it' [...]

    10. Today, students graduating go work for organizations. Whether you're an engineer, a teacher, or even a doctor, you usually join some kind of company.This book is about that phenomenon, and how in joining these organizations, people place part of the control of their lives into the hands of others. Written back when large multi-national corporations were rare. It's interesting even to read about any alternative to joining large corporations.

    11. I read this because of the RibbonFarm post about the office. Which is must read. That shit is awesome. Search for the Gervais Principle.I love how at the end of the book is an appendix about how to beat personality tests.Quotes:"The new cookie-cutter suburbs were becoming, as he put it, "the dormitory of the next managerial class."""Man exists as a unit of society. Of himself, he is isolated, meaningless; only as he collaborates with others does he become worthwhile, for by sublimating himself i [...]

    12. Whyte's cultural analysis of the American corporation is an aging classic. While incredibly influential at the time, its content and structure don't necessarily hold up to contemporary standards. There are still some great insights here, particularly about the tensions within the American ethos in general, as well as a prescient socio-spatial analysis of suburban neighborhoods near the end of the book that foreshadows Whyte's later work on public space. You can also see how his ideas, methodolog [...]

    13. Abbastanza impressionante leggere oggi, nel 2016, questo libro scritto 60 anni fa (1956). La descrizione dell'etica sociale del lavoro, che ha sostituito quella protestante e ha generato gli "uomini dell'organizzazione" è assolutamente puntuale e del tutto capace di descrivere quel che è poi accaduto. A tratti, leggendo si ha la strana sensazione che qualcosa si sia congelato nel mondo del lavoro e che siamo ancora, soprattutto dal punto di vista di nesso fra burocrazia e scientismo, a 60 anni [...]

    14. "By social ethic I 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." (7)"Hell is no less hell for being antiseptic." (30-1)"Potentially, they [private colleges] have a value far beyond their numbers as mo [...]

    15. As an architect interested in US settlement patterns, I was mainly under whelmed with this one. Perhaps it's the constant references to Organization Man in seemingly every other book or journal article that has touched on the subject of suburbia. Not that it shouldn't be referenced – a couple parts were interesting - but there's the issue that most of the other authors obvious haven't read Whyte's book! I'm not going into detail as it was a while back when I spent way too much time with this, [...]

    16. An important (and at times uncannily prophetic) counterpoint to the 'modernization and social progress' just-so story. Some of it is a bit dated, but the sections on religion and the academy are brilliant, and could have been written last year. The creeping sense that bureaucratization and rationalization would usher in a new era of conformity and mediocrity was delineated by Max Weber and Friedrich Nietzsche on the cusp of the twentieth century. "Organization Man" updates, extends, and challeng [...]

    17. along with 'white collar' and 'lonely crowd' truly a window into our soulless, conformist, insecure, alienated 21st century existences. i'm currently reading the chapters on suburbia, but not making a ton of headway. if i had actually gotten a real job out of college, i might understand it better. i think if there's one tag that business would love to live down its this one. i think the second it came out there was a knee-jerk response to declare "THAT'S NOT US!" and hence-forth their have been [...]

    18. There is a copy of this book in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in the transportation section. So much of our world has been defined by the postwar suburban mode of living -- and the tenuousness of highly leveraged families is laid out as a stark warning back in the 50's. I think that there are a number of folks still living in this world today though the organizations themselves have less and less use for them.

    19. This book is interesting as a zeitgeist of 1950s corporate America, but is obsolete nowadays. Its chapters on The Organization Man in fiction were enjoyable, but the Organization as a surrogate father seems to be a pipe dream nowadays. Companies focus nowadays on efficiency (outsourcing is one of its methods of getting a job done), and the paternalistic Organization of yesteryear is all but extinct.

    20. Time is nonlinear; in some ways we may have moved on from the group way described in this book but in other ways it is still very much alive. And the central dilemma of the individual versus the collective will always be with us. For this reason, as well as the amazingly lucid prose and keen observations, this is a true classic.

    21. Written in the 1950s, this book is a classic study of American middle class conformity. Whyte describes the organization man—his aspirations, his training, his workplace and his residence of choice—the suburbs. Whyte’s journalist background is evident—the book reads well, with the exception of the first section, a theoretical reflection on individualism and conformity.

    22. A good book detailing the rising middle class during the 1950's. Interesting comments made about them at the time sounds remarkably similar to the same comments being made about millennials. (Not saving money, not working as hard as the previous generation, care only about life and not enough about work, etc.) Very detailed studies regarding social circles and cliques as well. A worthwhile read.

    23. This book is pretty amazing, and worth reading on several levels. Most of all, reading it more than 50 years after it was written exposes big changes in social expectations over just a few generations.I wrote a longer review here:planningpool/2010/07/book-

    24. A little dry in places, but it got much better as it went along. It's fascinating to read Whyte's concern about unmanageable mortgages and revolving credit (in the days before credit cards) the more things change, etc.

    25. Not supprising that this book is not mentioned in business school. It makes me wonder whether "Business School" is still an appropriate title for these organisations.

    26. I read this many years ago, before I started summarizing my thoughts about books after I finished them. But I have good memories of this one.

    27. Amazing to see what corporate life was like in the 1950s, and how it's changed so much that this book is basically a historical document.

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