Mary Parker Follett: A Rediscovered Voice Informing the Field of Human Resource Development

Wheelock, Leslie and Callahan, Jamie (2006) Mary Parker Follett: A Rediscovered Voice Informing the Field of Human Resource Development. Human Resource Development Review, 5 (2). pp. 258-273. ISSN 1534-4843

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Human resource development (HRD) uses a wide variety of theories from multiple disciplines and fields of study to create its own unique field of scholarly practice. As with any field, however, we tend to get comfortable with familiar theories and theorists and fail to explore other possible sources of wisdom. One scholar whose work is worthy of study is Mary Parker Follett. Despite a dormancy of many decades, her thoughts are emerging as contemporary and innovative. This article concludes that Follett is an important influence on the field of HRD, not only because her ideas support concepts similar to other scholars whose work informs HRD but also because she introduces adult learning as paramount for the development of the individual and organization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mary Parker Follett, management history, HRD Foundations
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 13:57
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 22:18

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