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.
Verstegen Ryan, L. and Rutherford, M.A. (2000), "Mary Parker Follett: individualist or collectivist? Or both?", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 6 No. 5, pp. 207-223. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552520010348362
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