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Mary Parker Follett: individualist or collectivist? Or both?

Mary Parker Follett: individualist or collectivist? Or both? Mary Parker Follett has been categorized as both an individualist and a collectivist, based on statements in her varied writings over two decades. This paper argues that, instead, Follett approached the issue of the true nature of man using a Hegelian dialectical technique, emerging with a distinct position that merges the best of both extremes into a unique synthesis. While the traditional individualist/collectivist dichotomy still holds sway in much of the management literature, several recent theories that take a perspective similar to Follett's are discussed. The analysis makes clear that, once again, Follett's ideas were ahead of their time. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History (Archive) Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1355-252X
DOI
10.1108/13552520010348362
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Abstract

Mary Parker Follett has been categorized as both an individualist and a collectivist, based on statements in her varied writings over two decades. This paper argues that, instead, Follett approached the issue of the true nature of man using a Hegelian dialectical technique, emerging with a distinct position that merges the best of both extremes into a unique synthesis. While the traditional individualist/collectivist dichotomy still holds sway in much of the management literature, several recent theories that take a perspective similar to Follett's are discussed. The analysis makes clear that, once again, Follett's ideas were ahead of their time.

Journal

Journal of Management History (Archive)Emerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 2000

Keywords: History; Management theory; Social sciences

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