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Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Joan C. Tonn

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

Mary P. Follett (1868–1933) brought new dimensions to the theory and practice of management and was one of America's pre-eminent thinkers about democracy and social organization. The ideas Follett ... More


“Too Good a Joke for the World”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
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October 2013
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9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0018
Subject:
History, Political History

Mary P. Follett's collaboration with Eduard Lindeman, a professor of sociology at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, resulted in the 1924 publication of her Creative Experience and ... More


“You Have Been Extraordinarily Helpful to Executives”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0021
Subject:
History, Political History

Engulfed in grief over the death of her partner Isabella Louisa Briggs, Mary P. Follett again sought refuge in service. She delivered lectures at the Bureau of Personnel Administration and others ... More


“My Beloved Centres”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0013
Subject:
History, Political History

Mary P. Follett was acknowledged by her contemporaries as both the guiding spirit and the primary architect of the school centers movement in Boston. However, she had to overcome numerous obstacles ... More


Not Neighborhood Groups but an Integrative Group Process

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0017
Subject:
History, Political History

Of all the reviews that came for Mary P. Follett's book The New State (1918), the most appreciative were from philosophers. Among them were Hartly Burr Alexander, the 1919 president of the American ... More


Professional Transition, Personal Tragedy

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0020
Subject:
History, Political History

In the summer of 1924, Mary P. Follett suffered yet another health-related crisis but found renewed strength due to her meditations on spiritual healing and her intimate relationship with Richard and ... More


“I Am Almost at the Same Moment Happy and Unhappy”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0022
Subject:
History, Political History

On May 28, 1928, Mary P. Follett set sail for Europe to study the functioning of the League of Nations in Switzerland. She also visited the International Management Institute, an organization founded ... More


Private Funds for Public Purposes

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0012
Subject:
History, Political History

In January 1909 a Women's Municipal League (WML) was established in Boston by a group of influential Back Bay women. For more than ten years, Mary P. Follett would provide creative leadership in the ... More


The New State

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

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2003
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9780300096217
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Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0016
Subject:
History, Political History

In her book The New State, published in 1918, Mary P. Follett claims that representative government has failed “because it was not a method by which men could govern themselves.” Hailed as “an ... More


Substitutes for the Saloon, Schools, and Suffrage

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

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2003
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eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
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Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0011
Subject:
History, Political History

A project sponsored by Mary P. Follett's suffrage committee on the “Question of the Saloon” was the beginning of her involvement in a national movement for education centers. While every late ... More


To I. L. B.

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
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October 2013
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9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

Although Mary P. Follett wanted to become a teacher of American history, her years at Mrs. Shaw's School in Boston during the early 1890s raised serious doubts about her commitment to teaching. After ... More


Self-Realization and Service

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0009
Subject:
History, Political History

In 1897, the year before she graduated from Radcliffe College in Massachusetts, Mary P. Follett was hired as a clerk in the office of J. Otis Wardwell, a prominent Boston attorney with specialty in ... More


“Prepared to Go or Stay with Equal Graciousness”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0023
Subject:
History, Political History

In early October 1931, Mary P. Follett returned to America for the first time in nearly eighteen months. She went back to London with Katharine Furse in December even as she remained anxious about ... More


The Speaker of the House of Representatives

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

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2003
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0007
Subject:
History, Political History

Albert Bushnell Hart influenced Mary P. Follett's decision to study the Speakership of the House of Representatives. In the late 1880s, when Mary Follett was studying at the Harvard Annex for Women ... More


Creative Experience

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0019
Subject:
History, Political History

The ideas expressed in Mary P. Follett's Creative Experience (1918) remain influential, including the process of integration. Follett opens her book with a critique of expert fact-finding and ... More


The Functions, Financing, and Control of Community Centers: Issues for the National Movement

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0014
Subject:
History, Political History

Due to her efforts to stabilize the political and financial position of evening centers in Boston's public schools, Mary P. Follett had been recognized as one of the national leaders of the community ... More


“The Great Milepost and Turning Point”

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0006
Subject:
History, Political History

In the summer of 1890, Anna Boynton Thompson made one of her regular summer pilgrimages abroad to study and took Mary P. Follett along. When Thompson returned to America at the end of the summer, ... More


Ward 17

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0010
Subject:
History, Political History

Mary P. Follett opened her Highland Union debating club for young male Irish immigrants in Roxbury at a time when some of the nation's leading political commentators, including Lincoln Steffens, were ... More


The War Years

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0015
Subject:
History, Political History

On February 10, 1917, Pauline Agassiz Shaw died at the age of seventy-six. Shaw's death brought sorrow and anxiety to Mary P. Follett and her partner Isabella Louisa Briggs. Shaw had provided seed ... More


Afterword

Joan C. Tonn

in Mary P. Follett: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300096217
eISBN:
9780300128024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0024
Subject:
History, Political History

Despite her intellectual brilliance and the continuing relevance of her thought, Mary P. Follett has languished in relative obscurity and is not included in the pantheon of twentieth-century ... More


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