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William Whyte's 'The Organization man': A flawed central concept but a prescient narrative

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Hanson, D and O'Donohue, W, William Whyte's 'The Organization man': A flawed central concept but a prescient narrative, Management Revue, 21, (1) pp. 95-104. ISSN 0935-9915 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2010 Rainer Hampp Verlag.

DOI: doi:10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2010_01_Hanson

Abstract

William H Whyte's concept of organization man is now used in bowdlerised form, shorn of its polemical core. It was an appeal against the situation of people in the big organiations taking shape after World War Two, belonging to the organization rather than simply working for it, earning rewards that are also, in the end, traps. In the current worlds of agile organizations with serially loyal staff these people no longer exist, and in fact the only group that fits the Whyte pattern are dedicated priests. At the same time, the polemic is never more relevant than today because we live in a world in which we are closely surveilled on many levels using ever more sophisticated technology, and in which many human resource management practices increase the power of organization over individual. William Whyte'S time has come.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Whyte, priest, collectivism, organization, organizationality
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Organisation and Management Theory
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and Productivity
Objective Field:Management
Author:Hanson, D (Dr Dallas Hanson)
Author:O'Donohue, W (Dr Wayne O'Donohue)
ID Code:64156
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2010-06-30
Last Modified:2014-11-06
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