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Administrative Principles (Mary Parker Follett)

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American social worker, management consultant

Principles of Coordination
Mary Parker Follett
Goals of the Theory
Along with Lillian Gilbreth, Mary Parker Follett was one of two
great women management gurus
in the early days of classical management theory. Follett is known to be "
Mother of Modern Management
January , 2016
Kennedy J. Terry G.
Participartive Leadership
Managers and employees working together toward common goals.

Administrative Principles (Mary Parker Follett)
Main initiative:
to understand the interactions between
humans and the idea of groups
Main Ideas in Management
She defined management as "the art of getting things through others".
1)Principle of Early Stage
must start during the planning stage
. This will result in making the best plans and implementing these plans with success.By initiating proper coordination the organisation
will achieve all its objectives easily and quickly.
2)Principle of Continuity
It must
not be a one-time activity.
The process of coordination must begin when the organisation starts, and it must continue until the organisation exists. Coordination must be done continuously
during the management process
. It must be done during planning, organising, directing and controlling.
3)Principle of Direct Contact
This will
result in good relations between the manager and their subordinates.
This is because direct contact helps to
avoid misunderstandings
, misinterpretations and disputes between managers and subordinates. It enables the managers to coordinate all the different activities of their subordinates effectively and efficiently.
4)Principle of Reciprocal Relations
The decisions and actions of all the people (i.e of all managers and employees) and departments of the organisation are
. So, the decisions and actions of one person or department
will affect all other persons and departments in the organisation
Therefore, before taking any decision or action all managers must
first find out the effect of that decision or action
on other persons and departments in the organisation. This is called the Principle of Reciprocal Relations. Co-ordination will be successful only if this principle is followed properly.
Improve coordination
Enhance workers on how to solve problems
Ensure managers communicate with workers
Managers need to establish a good working relationship with employees
Limitation of the Theory
No chain of command
Lack of discipline
Unsuitable for today's complex organizations
Too much democracy
Integrated problem solving is not always possible
Three Principles made up her Thory
1. Conflict resolution through Integration
- e.g. identifying and meeting each party's underlying and often compatible need, as opposed to attempting to meet the frequently-incompatible expressed desire of each
- often results in a win-win situation.
2. Genuine power is not "coercive" (Power over) but "Coactive" (Power with)
3. True leaders, create group power, rather than expressing personal power.
(1) Was Mary Parker Follett’s theory effective in any possible way? If yes, how so?

(2) Which of the two do you believe is key to proper management? Communication and strong relationships with workers/ employees or command and discipline?

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Participative leadership
Four fundamental Principles of Organisation
Three principles in her theory
Goals and limitations of her theory
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