Corporations: Thought in Suburbia

"THINK," commanded the framed signs in IBM's 20-story headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The more IBM's executives thought, the more they concluded that they and their employees might be a lot happier away from the concrete and polluted air, working somewhere out in the country. Last week IBM settled the last of its employees into its new world headquarters in the sleepy and silvan village of Armonk (pop. 1,100), located 30 miles north of Manhattan in New York's wealthy Westchester County.

IBM's Manhattan headquarters were inconvenient for the two-thirds of its employees who...

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