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The Organization Man

The Organization Man

Author: William Whyte

Year Published: 1956

Description: Based on interviews William Whyte did with CEOs of major corporations while employed by Fortune, The Organization Man argued that, despite America's founding principles of individual freedom and self-determination, most Americans in the post World War II era subscribed to a conformist and communal work philosophy, believing groups to be more effective than individuals.  The result, the author posited, was a desire to serve an organization more than oneself, an outcome that resulted in risk aversion and stymied creativity.     

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'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.'

The Organization Man

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