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Understanding empowerment and resolving its paradox: Lessons from Mary Parker Follett

Dafna Eylon (E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 March 1998

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Abstract

This paper introduces and reviews current understanding of the empowerment construct, recognizing Mary Parker Follett’s contribution to this area. Common themes between the empowerment literature and Follett’s writing are identified with special emphasis placed on the “Empowerment Paradox.” The paradox is described and suggestions for how Follett’s writing can help inform us are included. The paper concludes with directions for future research.

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Eylon, D. (1998), "Understanding empowerment and resolving its paradox: Lessons from Mary Parker Follett", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 16-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552529810203905

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