Mary Parker Follett's Management Theory

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Introduction There are numerous approaches to management. The Classical School of Management, along with the Scientific Approach, was the first major management theory to rise to popularity. This approach was followed by the rise of the Humanist Approach, with Mary Parker Follett one of the first to write about and advocate for its use.She was influential to the approach, with many describing her as “a distinguished pioneer of modern management and administration” (Fox, 1968, 520). Mark Smith (2002) describes her approach to organizations as “group networks rather than as hierarchical structures” and states that she “attended to the influence of human relations within the group.” Though she was forgotten after her death, her ideas have regained…show more content…
She studied philosophy and the scientific method at the Thayer Academy before entering Radcliffe College, then known as the Harvard’s Annex for Women, in 1888, where she studied economics, government, and philosophy. During her time at Radcliffe, Follet attended Newnham College in Cambridge, England for a year. She published her thesis in 1896, and though her education was briefly interrupted when Follett had to care for her invalid mother, Follett graduated from Radcliffe in 1898 summa cum laude (Feldheim, 2004,…show more content…
Dafna Eylon (1998) defines work empowerment as “an enhancing and energizing context-specific process that expands feelings of trust and control in oneself as well as in one’s organization” (17). She argues this is a process, not a state of being or personal feeling, and this process “results from changes in organizational contextual and individual inter-relational variables such as the amounts and quality of information and the degree of expressed trust and confidence the person receives from the work environment as well as the degree of real responsibility s/he feels for work outcomes” (Eylon, 1998, 17). As a result, empowerment can lead to positive outcomes for the organization in terms of job performance and satisfaction, as well as increased productivity. Happy, empowered workers are harder workers. For Follett, this was one of the key methods for motivating

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