- World Institute of Scientology Enterprises
World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) is an
organizationaffiliated with the Church of Scientology[ [http://www.scientology.org/en_US/world/news/wise/index.html Enabling Groups to Flourish and Prosper ] ] that educates and assists businesses in the use of management methods and techniques developed by Scientologyfounder, L. Ron Hubbard, such methods and techniques being, like all of Hubbard's non-fiction writings, scriptureof the Church of Scientology. The stated goal of WISE "is an ethical, sane and prosperous civilization" and "returning to business the values and ethical standards upon which it was founded: honesty, integrity, craftsmanship, rewards for productivity, commitment to the prosperity of entire communities and nations." [http://www.wise.org/en_US/membership/about/index.html WISE — World Institute of Scientology Enterprises ] ] However critics of WISE say that its real purpose is dissemination of and recruitment into Scientology [Dissemination as defined within Scientology is " [..] spreading information on Dianetics and Scientology broadly, using books, tapes and other works by L. Ron Hubbard." [http://www.scientology.org/gloss.htm#DISSEMINATION] ] and they reference the incorporation papers of WISE which include the statement "It is organized under the Nonprofit Religious Corporation Law primarily for religious purposes. Its purposes are to promote and foster the religious teachings of L. Ron Hubbardin society, and to have and exercise all rights and powers from time to time granted to nonprofit corporations by law." [Incorporation papers, World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, February 1, 1983.]
In the history of Scientology, Hubbard said about the early Churches of Scientology: "They are not business and so fail when they try to operate like one". He then began creating a new system of organizing these churches with the stated purpose of "Disseminating Scientology to the world." This new system was modified continually until circa 1980. In the late 60s, a project began compiling his notes into hard bound volumes that later became known as the Organization Executive Course or OEC. Originally intended as a training program for church executives (hence the name), Hubbard later made them available to all church staff and stated that all staff should train on them.
However the OEC was stated to work for any kind of organization if understood. Business not connected to the church wishing to improve their own success reportedly began hiring trained church staff in the 70s causing problems in the church. In the 1980s Hubbard created WISE with the intention of giving any non-church related organization a means to train their own staff so that Scientology churches and missions could train their staff without fear of losing them to other groups. Fact|date=March 2007
Church of Scientologydenies that WISE is part of the church, internal publications such as The Command Channels of Scientology and WISE's place on the Scientology Org Board, as well as numerous reports that WISE affiliates are urged to recruit for Scientology in exchange for money, lead critics to assert that denials by Scientology are disingenuous.
*WISE headquarters are located in
Los Angeles, California, 6331 Hollywood Blvd, in the Hollywood Guaranty Building. The corporate executives of WISE belong to the Sea Orgof the Church of Scientology.
Hubbard College of Administration International, which provides a "Degree program for an Associate of Applied Science Degree of Management and Administration", is located at 320 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
*WISE regional offices, which are at
Church of Scientologylocations, coordinate the local level Charter Committees.
*Charter Committees of established members in local areas provide guidance and dispute mediation between WISE members instead of using the civil courts.
*Hubbard Management Consultants are WISE members licensed to sell services, seminars, training and courses based on Admin Tech and to encourage their clients to become WISE members. Consultants are encouraged to compete in the "WISE Consultant Expansion Game" with weekly standings. [cite web | title=WISE Consultant Expansion Game | work=Hubbard Management Consultants | url=http://www.wise.org/articles/602211438511.vm | date=
2006-06-27| accessdate=2006-07-08] WISE consultants include "MasterTech Computer Products", Sterling Management Systems, Survival Strategies Inc., and David Singer Enterprises. [cite web |url = http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/access/50162617.html?dids=50162617:50162617&FMT=FT&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Nov+29%2C+1987&author=STEPHEN+KOFF&pub=St.+Petersburg+Times&edition=&startpage=1.B&desc=Chiropractors+seeking+advice+find+Scientology-influenced+seminars |title = Chiropractors seeking advice find Scientology-influenced seminars |accessdate = 2007-08-04 |last = Koff |first = Stephen |date = 1987-09-29|work = St. Petersburg Times]
Membership in WISE means that the owner(s) of the firm have embraced Hubbard's administrative ideas such as management by statistics and the Org board and have agreed by abide by a certain Code of Ethics which includes arbitration by a WISE mediator of any disputes with another WISE member. That is the basic company membership. If the firm also wants to train its employees in the Hubbard administrative technology using WISE materials then they become a higher-level member. [ [http://www.wise.org/en_US/membership/join/index.html WISE — World Institute of Scientology Enterprises ] ] Some employees and prospective employees have objected to this formal training in something that also forms a part of Scientology and a number have filed discrimination lawsuits with mixed results.
WISE Members include e-Republic, which publishes "Government Technology" and "Converge" magazines and coordinates the "Center for Digital Government". Other affiliated firms include various "alternative health" centers including "The Natural Health Centre" in Redondo Beach, CA which is owned and operated by Dr. Grace Syn.
A number of dental firms use the WISE administrative technology in their practices and there have been a number of civil suits and discrimination cases brought by employees objecting to the material with mixed results:
* In 2006, the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionfiled a federal lawsuit against dentist K. Mike Dossett of Plano, Texas, on behalf on Dossett's former receptionist, Jessica Uretsky. The suit alleges that Uretsky was pressured to study Scientology during mandatory meetings on her own time, and was told to "increase business by concentrating on her phone to make it ring". [ [http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/history/history111.html Rick A. Ross Institute] Dentist denies forcing Scientology on worker, as suit alleges. October 4, 2006]
* In 2005, dentist Daniel Stewart and his Smile Savers Dentistry in
Baltimore, Marylandwere sued by former employee Tammy Bright. She accused her employer of religious discrimination for failure to adapt her religious beliefs to Scientology. Devora Lindeman, Stewart's attorney who is also a Scientologist herself, denied the allegations and said Bright was fired for "poor performance." ("Woman claims she was fired unfairly over Scientology" by Laura Cadiz, The "Baltimore Sun", March 4, 2005)
* In 2003, three former employees of
Aurora, Ohiodentist C. Aydin Cabi asserted in court that Dr. Cabi dismissed them from their jobs for their refusal to take part in Sterling Management's Scientology-based seminars. [ [http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~skent/Linkedfiles/ohiodentist.htm EXPERT REPORT ON THE CASE OF DIANA KOSTELNY, JERRY KOSTELNY, GAIL EBERHARDT, CARL EBERHARDT, MELANIE POST (FORMERLY GRANT) AND GREGORY R. POST v. C. AYDIN CABI, DDS, INC] Stephen A. Kent , September 7, 2003 ]
* In 2002, The U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionfiled a lawsuit on behalf of former employees of dentist Juan Villareal and Harlingen Family Dentistry in Harlingen, Texaswho refused to attend Scientology training courses. ["EEOC: Employees illegally fired" by Allen Essex, "Valley Morning Star", Friday, September 13, 2002]
* In 1998, dentist Roger N. Carlsten was sued for religious discrimination in the workplace by former employee Susan Morgan, who alleged in court that she was fired for refusing to take a Scientology-filled Hubbard Administrative Technology "statistics" course. A
Rhode Island Superior Courtjury, however, cleared the dentist of the charges. ["Dentist cleared in bias lawsuit"; The Providence Journal, Providence, R.I., Author: KAREN LEE ZINER Journal Staff Writer, Date: Jan 29, 1999]
* In 1994, Christina M. Goudeau of
Baton Rouge, Louisianafiled suit against Landmark Dental Care. Goudeau reported she was fired because she was expected to join the Church of Scientology, and to use Scientology practices and terminology in the office. ["Suit blames Scientology for firing" by Fred Kalmbach, The "Advocate" [Baton Rouge] , June 16, 1993]
* In 1992, two former assistants of dentist Lyn V. Bates filed suit in
Canton, Ohio, claiming they "were continually, against their will, subjected to religious recruitment, proselytizing and brainwashing by defendants in fervent attempts to convert them to the Scientology cult." ("Dental assistants say firing result of their rejection of Scientology", by David Knox, "Akron Beacon Journal", September 2, 1992)
* In 1990, dentist Glover Rowe and his wife Dee claimed to be held forcibly against their will by Scientologists after attending two Sterling management seminars. ['Management Seminar' Harrowing Experience", by Terry Dean, "Cherokee County Herald", December 12, 1990]
*cite web | first = Robert W. | last = Welkos | coauthors = Sappell, Joel | title = Church Seeks Influence in Schools, Business, Science | url = http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-scientology062790,0,884315,full.story | work = | publisher = Los Angeles Times | date =
1990-06-27| accessdate = 2007-12-12
* [http://www.wise.org WISE]
* [http://www.sterling-management.com/ Sterling Management]
* [http://www.hubbardcollege.org/ Hubbard College of Administration site]
* [http://stop-wise.biz/ Site critical of WISE]
* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0SOR/is_4_59/ai_53590311 Managing to recruit: religious conversion in the workplace] , Deana Hall, Sociology of Religion, Winter, 1998.
* [http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~skent/Linkedfiles/Expert%20report%20prepared%20for%20the%20plaintiff.htm Expert report prepared for the plaintiff in the case of EEOC v. I-20 Animal Medical Center, Dr. Stephen A. Kent, November 9, 1999.]
* [http://www.charter-committee.org WISE Charter Committees]
* [http://scncatalog.scientology.net/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=11224&item=39823 WISE Consultant's Guide to Bridge Dissemination]
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