[Ads-l] Antedating of "Organization Man"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 4 16:08:09 EST 2017

organization man (OED 1956)

1912 _Electric Journal_ July 587 (Google Books)  In the large industiral companies it is peculiarly true that a man does not need to grieve over the fact that he has not his own business.  If he is truly an organization man he will consider himself a part of his company; successes will be viewed with pride and complacency and failures will be a source of sorrow and chagrin.  ... The days of the so called independent man may be numbered but the life of the organization man has just begun.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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