Donald Fraser* and Shirley B. Goldenberg **
The number of white-collar workers in proportion to the total North American labour force has grown rapidly over the past few
decades, with the most marked growth in the professional-technical category comprised mainly of scientists and engineers. With the increase in the number of these professionals employed as wage earners, the traditional independence of the white-collar worker has been eroded by bureaucratic corporate management. This has fragmented his job, reduced his power of independent decision, engendered conflict between his professional ethics and the pe- cuniary values of the corporation, and generally produced a decline in his status and the overall satisfaction which would normally arise out of his professionalism if he were self-employed.