organization man

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an employee who sacrifices his own individuality for the good of an organization

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William Whyte's The Organization Man (1956) is groundbreaking in the mid 1950s.
Whyte, The Organization Man, Simon and Schuster, 1956.
And from Holly Whyte, author of "The Organization Man," that density is the secret, not the bane, of urban life--that "pedestrians choose the most heavily crowded and trafficked intersections to stop, chat, exchange reciprocal gestures.
These are the Organization Men, described by William Whyte in 1956 as looking to the organization, whether corporate or domestic, to give order and meaning--or, to phrase it another way, narrative coherence--to their lives: "The organization man seeks a definition 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.
While any number of examples could be cited here, Frank's allusion to William Whyte's highly influential The Organization Man, prompts me to look briefly at its articulation of social critique as a protest against feminization.
Whether we have caused and/or failed to respond in a timely or careful way to catastrophes, such as the explosion of Deepwater Horizon and the ensuing oil spill, crises such as the global economic meltdown, or natural disasters such as the Haitian earthquake, Indonesian tsunami or Hurricane Katrina, it's time for The Organization Man (Whyte, 1956) to meet The Art of Loving (Fromm, 1956).
To Cohan's principal emblem of the new postwar man, "the man in the grey flannel suit," Baker adds another variation, "the organization man," after the title of William H.
They won't judge the workforce of today by the standards set during the Organization Man era.
Only when we see Tichenor, the young Confederate chaplain taking aim at a sniper with a borrowed rifle and then rallying the troops to charge the Union lines, does Tichenor emerge as anything more than a competent organization man.
But, in my mind, one of the least expected results of the decentering of the experiences of the Organization Man in postwar accounts has been the ability to see what once appeared to be an objective description of mid-century American society as an class-specific effort by members of the professional-managerial class to claim a universalizing authority to shape society to their imperatives.
Calling for something to be done "to change our circumstances in the school, the workplaces, the bureaucracies, the government" and insisting on man's "unrealized potential for self-cultivation and self-direction," the statement issued a challenge to modern society built on a critique that had begun six years earlier with William Whyte's The Organization Man.
In the post-1945 part, the focus becomes lost in "Work and Labor/Management Relations," which moves from migrant farmers, to a selection from William Whyte's The Organization Man, to documents on wage work at McDonald's and technological unemployment.
What's more, the Organization Man, the lifelong corporate employee who worked his way faithfully and slowly up the executive ladder, appears to be headed out the door--increasingly nudged, apparently, by women.
His career is engagingly recounted in his last book, My Times: A Memoir of Dissent, which should be a required journalism school text on how not to be an organization man.
The new individualists: The generation after the organization man.
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