Mary Parker Follett Prophet of Management: A Celebration of Writings from the 1920s by Pauline Graham

Editor Graham selects 11 of Follett’s lecture essays delivered or published between 1925 and 1933 that prove without a doubt that the concepts of “empowerment” and “horizontal management” began with her. Contemporary gurus of business from Peter Drucker to Rosabeth Moss Kantor add flourishes and today’s meanings to Follett’s philosophies. Yet the experts admit that this turn-of-the-century social worker in her insistence on mutual problem solving and business’ debts to society, among other ideas, was way ahead of us all.

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