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William H. Whyte's The Organization Man

1st Edition

By Nikki Springer

Macat Library

96 pages

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Description

William Whyte’s core idea in The Organization Man is that the Protestant Ethic that characterized financial and personal success in American history had been replaced in modern times by the Social Ethic. This stressed the group as the source of creativity and emphasized that the greatest need of the individual is to belong to a group. To investigate this idea, Whyte spent years interviewing the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies when he was an editor at Fortune magazine, one of the top business publications in the United States at the time. What he found was that the recruitment and training were much more focused on “cultural fit” than on technical skill or experience level. As the ranks of new junior executives grew in post-World War II America, so did their impact on urban development and consumer spending. Droves of “package suburbs” sprang up in the fields surrounding major metropolitan areas, and a strong post-war economy coupled with funding from the GI Bill made new homes, cars, and household goods affordable for young families.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text

Who was William H. Whyte?

What does The Organization Man say?

Why does The Organization Man matter?

Section 1: Influences

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Module 2: Academic Context Module 3: The Problem

Module 4: The Author's Contribution

Section 2: Ideas Module 5: Main Ideas

Module 6: Secondary Ideas

Module 7: Achievement

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work

Section 3: Impact

Module 9: The First Responses

Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today

Module 12: Where Next?

Glossary of Terms

People Mentioned in the Text

Works Cited

About the Author

Nikki Johnson Springer is currently a joint MBA and PhD Student at Yale University.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General