Mary Parker Follett

Mary Parker Follett

Mary Parker Follett is arguable one of most important figure in thehistory of organization behavior and organization theory. However,her thoughts and ideas took more than 40 years to be recognized. Somescholars have argued that Mary Parker Follett thought and ideas onhuman relations and their influence in organizational managementshave not received the deserved credit even in the modern world(Annie, 2012). Questions have been raised on the failure of theacademic and professional world to recognize Mary Parker Follettwork.

In my own view, the lack of appreciation of Mary Parker Follett workis perhaps due to her approach. Her work was mainly concerned withhuman relations rather than a more relevant subject in the time. Inthe early 20th century, managers and business leaders, aswell as business scholars were more concerned with what need to bedone to ensure that work is done. Thus, famous scholars such asTaylor were very famous in the early 20th century becausetheir thoughts were the “procedures for getting work done”(Richard, 2012). However, with the development of business studies,her thought became relevant as scholars seek to establish meansthrough which organizations can optimize their resources.Additionally, Mary Parker Follett ideas were random and inconsistent.She did not have the professional jargon that could attract attentionand recognition. This made it difficult for scholars and readersinterested in Mary Parker Follett’s work to follow her work. Greatwriters and thinkers such as Max Weber relied on ideas from othersociologists in the 19th and early 20th centuryto develop their ideas. This was not the case with Mary ParkerFollett, despite the fact that she had great ideas (Hurst, 2012).


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Hurst, D. K. (2012). “Through Modern- Mary Parker Follett”,Business Quarterly, 176, 4.

Richard, L. D. (2012). Management, Mason, Ohio: South-WesternCengage Learning.