Mary P Follett

Author: Joan C. Tonn
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300128024
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Mary P. Follett (1868–1933) brought new dimensions to the theory and practice of management and was one of America’s preeminent thinkers about democracy and social organization. The ideas Follett developed in the early twentieth century continue even today to challenge thinking about business and civic concerns. This book, the first biography of Follett, illuminates the life of this intriguing woman and reveals how she developed her farsighted theories about the organization of human relations. Out of twenty years of civic work in Boston’s immigrant neighborhoods, Follett developed ideas about the group basis of democracy and the foundations of social interaction that placed her among leading progressive intellectuals. Later in her career, she delivered influential lectures on business management that form the basis of our contemporary discourse about collaborative leadership, worker empowerment, self-managed teams, conflict resolution, the value of inclusivity and diversity, and corporate social responsibility.

Mary Parker Follett prophet of Management

Author: Pauline Graham
Publisher: Beard Books
ISBN: 9781587982132
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Mary Parker Follett's essays on management from the 1920s were years ahead of their time, promoting concepts like empowerment, teams and networked organisations. This collection contains her original essays with commentaries by leading management gurus.

American Philosophy

Author: Erin McKenna
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441178937
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American Philosophy offers the first historically framed introduction to the tradition of American philosophy and its contemporary engagement with the world. Born out of the social and political turmoil of the Civil War, American philosophy was a means of dealing with conflict and change. In the turbulence of the 21st century, this remains as relevant as ever. Placing the work of present-day American philosophers in the context of a history of resistance, through a philosophical tradition marked by a commitment to pluralism, fallibilism and liberation, this book tells the story of a philosophy shaped by major events that call for reflection and illustrates the ways in which philosophy is relevant to lived experience. This book presents a survey of the historical development of American philosophy, as well as coverage of key contemporary issues in America including race theory, feminism, indigenous peoples, and environmentalism and is the ideal introduction to the work of the major American thinkers, past and present, and the sheer breadth of their ideas and influence.

An Elusive Unity

Author: James J. Connolly
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801441912
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Through novels, cartoons, memoirs, and journalistic accounts, James J. Connolly traces efforts to reconcile democracy and diversity in the industrializing cities of the United States from the antebellum period through the Progressive Era.

The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies

Author: Paul S. Adler
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019953523X
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Organizations have profound and pervasive effects on our lives both at work and beyond. Indeed, we live in a society of organizations. Contemporary society and its organizations are in a period of accelerated, profound, and profoundly disconcerting, change. This volume brings together leading sociologists and organizational scholars to consider how various "classic" sociologists can help us understand this change. In recent decades, thefield of organization studies has become well established in both sociology departments and professional schools, most notably business schools. However, with this establishment has come a progressive shift in focus towards the concerns of academic peers and away from the big issues of our times. Ascompared with the increasingly academic focus of research in more recent decades, these classic sociologists were all deeply engaged with broader social and political issues.

New State

Author: Mary Parker Follett
Publisher: Penn State Press
ISBN: 0271043121
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Having organized neighborhood discussion groups before World War I, Follett traces the dynamics she noticed in these forums and develops some core concepts useful for those working on questions of public deliberation today. She also shows how deliberation informs debates that raged in political theory during her own era. She discusses the works of pluralists (Harold Laski), idealists (T. H. Green and Bernard Bosanquet), and pragmatists (William James) and makes important arguments about the relationship between socialism and democracy. Her work is marked by rigorous thinking about the implications of democratic principles as they relate to political and socioeconomic organization. This book articulates the formation of a &“new state&” growing out of the local activities of citizens and renews the American idea of &"federalism&" in order to balance local activities and national purposes. By doing this, Follett leaves us with a pathbreaking work that demands more attention today. With preliminary essays by Benjamin Barber and Jane Mansbridge, plus a historical introduction provided by Kevin Mattson, this reissued edition will be of use to scholars and activists who are currently working on issues of democratic participation, civic education, and public deliberation.

It s Not Complicated

Author: Rick Nason
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1487514786
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In the new knowledge economy, traditional modes of thinking are no longer effective. Compartmentalizing problems and solutions and assuming everything can be solved with the right formula can no longer keep pace with the radical changes occurring daily in the modern business world. It’s Not Complicated offers a paradigm shift for business professionals looking for simplified solutions to complex problems. In his straightforward and highly engaging style, Rick Nason introduces the principles of “complexity thinking” which empower managers to understand, correlate, and explain a diverse range of business phenomena. For example, why some new products go viral while others remain unnoticed, how office cliques develop despite collaborative work policies and spaces, how economic bubbles form, and how an unknown retiree foiled one of the most carefully planned product launches ever with a single letter to the editor of his local newspaper. Rather than consider complicated and complex as interchangeable terms, Rick Nason explains what complexity is, how it arises, and the errors in solving complex situations with complicated thinking. It’s Not Complicated provides managers with fresh, counterintuitive, and actionable models for dealing with challenging business problems.

The Essential Mary Parker Follett

Author: Mary Parker Follett
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780993955303
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The Essential Mary Parker Follett: Ideas We Need Today The Essential Mary Parker Follett: Ideas We Need Today is a comprehensive selection of texts from early 20th-century intellectual pioneer Mary Parker Follett. Her ground-breaking ideas on leadership, diversity, mediation, management and democracy remain impressively relevant in our modern world. For the first time, these ideas have been selected, organized, and structured by an international team into five topics that encompass her philosophy and works. This book presents timeless thoughts on uniting, organizing, integrating, leading, and creating democracy - universal themes that are just as significant and applicable to our professional and personal lives today as they were 100 years ago. About This Book An international collaboration between four professionals, this book was written and edited with the purpose of providing a doorway into Follett's thoughts with practical application that can be used across a wide range of fields. The Essential Mary Parker Follett: Ideas We Need Today is organized into five themes. Valuing Differences Follett believed that every individual's voice was essential to democracy. The differences among people, and the ensuing conflict, were the seeds of innovation. She shows us how differences arising from a single individual, a family, a neighborhood, a nation or internationally can nurture creativity, personal development, social progress and true democracy. We must learn to seek and embrace difference, not fear and avoid it. Group Organization Follett presents group organizing as the basic process of social organization, democracy and personal development. She calls group organization the method of coordination and affirms its creative potential for the group and the individual. The Process of Integration The process of integration is at the heart of Follett's philosophy. It is for this reason that we positioned this theme in the middle and at the heart of the book. Integration builds on differences. It goes beyond positions to uncover true interests and to elicit genuine dialogue among participants. Integration is the meeting of differences, to create something new - thus preserving the integrity of the individual. Leadership The capacity for humans to be willful co-creators of their lives makes leadership a key method according to Follett for personal and collective development. Her avant-garde notions of power-with management, obeying the law of the situation or of following the invisible leader, are some examples of a leadership philosophy that remains as relevant as ever. Democracy Follett defines democracy as the 'genuine union of true individuals'. Her ideas, brought together from various disciplines, provide a framework that can be applied to leadership, group organization and democracy as a whole. The individual is not subsumed by the group in democracy, but rather is affirmed. Democracy invites us to become more complete individuals as we co-create our worlds.

The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony

Author: Ann D. Gordon
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813553458
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The “hush” of the title comes suddenly, when first Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies on October 26, 1902, and three years later Susan B. Anthony dies on March 13, 1906. It is sudden because Stanton, despite near blindness and immobility, wrote so intently right to the end that editors had supplies of her articles on hand to publish several months after her death. It is sudden because Anthony, at the age of eighty-five, set off for one more transcontinental trip, telling a friend on the Pacific Coast, “it will be just as well if I come to the end on the cars, or anywhere, as to be at home.” Volume VI of this extraordinary series of selected papers is inescapably about endings, death, and silence. But death happens here to women still in the fight. An Awful Hush is about reformers trained “in the school of anti-slavery” trying to practice their craft in the age of Jim Crow and a new American Empire. It recounts new challenges to “an aristocracy of sex,” whether among the bishops of the Episcopal church, the voters of California, or the trustees of the University of Rochester. And it sends last messages about woman suffrage. As Stanton wrote to Theodore Roosevelt on the day before she died, “Surely there is no greater monopoly than that of all men, in denying to all women a voice in the laws they are compelled to obey.” With the publication of Volume VI, this series is now complete.