Org Physics in Follett's Words (#18)

Org Physics: Practical, scientific theory for enlightened understanding of organizational structures, powers, leaderships

Published June 2021

This research paper celebrates the vision and the writing of leadership philosopher- practitioner Mary P. Follett (1868-1933). Follett’s wide-ranging body of work is relatively little-known today – in spite of the author’s genius and powerful prose. How, you might ask, is one supposed to approach the work of an intellectual who passed away almost a century ago, and whose writing has long been under-appreciated in practice and in academia? In this paper, we attempt to solve this problem by citing Follett’s work, verbatim, in the context of organizational theory that may still be considered avant-garde by most, although it was pioneered by Follett a long time ago.