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The Organization Man, by William H. Whyte

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The Organization Man, by William H. Whyte

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The Organization Man, by William H. Whyte
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From the Smithsonian Collection
"This book is about the organization man. If the term is vague, it is because I can think of no other way to describe the people I am talking about. They are not the workers, nor are they the white-collar people in the usual, clerk sense of the word. These people only work for The Organization. The ones I am talking about belong to it as well. They are the ones of our middle class who have 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. Only a few are top managers or ever will be. In a system that makes such hazy terminology as "junior executive" psychologically necessary, they are of the staff as much as the line, and most are destined to live poised in a middle area that still awaits a satisfactory euphemism. But they are the dominant members of our society nonetheless. They have not joined together into a recognizable elite--our country does not stand still long enough for that--but it is from their ranks that are coming most of the first and second echelons of our leadership, and it is their values which will set the American temper." --quoted from the William H. Whyte's book, The Organization Man.
Physical Description
Artifact. Hard-cover book in plastic-wrapped paper jacket. 8 5/8"H x 6" W x 1 5/8" D
Details
Date Made:
1956
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Park Forest
History
William H. Whyte's book, The Organization Man, was based on research he conducted while living temporarily in the post-war suburban development, Park Forest, Illinois, in the 1950s.
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Park Forest, Illinois


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