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Did Follett say this? "Management is the art..."

A student wrote to me looking for a citation for this quote that is attributed to Follett: "Management is the art of getting things done through people." Does anyone recall reading in her works where she wrote this, if she wrote it?

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My immediate reaction is that this sounds very unFollettian to me. Follett wouldn't have said 'getting things done through 'people' but 'getting things done with people'. Therefore I would say she did not write this. I stand to be corrected, but I shall be very disappointed in her if she did write it.
She is frequently attributed this quote, but I've never seen an attribution that cites the actual source. I actually wonder whether anyone in that era even used the phrase "getting things done." I wouldn't be surprised that she said something like it but it has probably been rephrased and paraphrased over the years.

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