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MARY PARKER FOLLETT: MANAGEMENT PIONEER
Luis A. Aviles JR
Park University

Mary Parker Follett
The study of leadership can be traced back centuries. In the 1890s, began the study of the came the advent of scientific management, or Taylorism. This was a theory of management that analyzed and synthesized workflows whose main objective was improving economic efficiency. (Scientific Management, 2011) One of the pioneers in the field of management consulting in the industrial world was Mary Parker Follett. Mary Parker Follett was an amazing woman whose accomplishments included, but were not limited to, author of many books in the fields of democracy, human relations, political philosophy, organizational behavior, conflict resolution, and psychology; one of the first women ever invited to address the London School of Economics, and was even sought out by the President of the United States to be his personal consultant on managing non-profit, non-governmental, and voluntary organizations. Mary Parker Follett was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. She studied at the Thayer Academy, Braintree, Massachusetts, where she credited one of her teachers with influencing many of her later ideas. In 1894, she used her inheritance to study at the Society for Collegiate Instruction of Women, sponsored by Harvard. She studied on and off at Radcliffe College, starting in the early 1890s. In 1898, she graduated summa cum laude from Radcliffe. She was denied a doctorate at Harvard because she was a women, she was a victim of her time which makes her accomplishments and research that much more impressive. Mary Parker Follett began working in Roxbury as a voluntary social worker in 1900. In 1924, Mary Parker Follett published a book with some of her ideas about creative interaction of people in group processes called Creative Experience.

Mary Parker Follett recognized the general nature of community and believed in the idea of relationships of in the work place. She saw the...
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