Organizational Theory, Modern

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  • A subset of public administration theory. There is no single organizational theory. Rather, organizational theory comprises theories from diverse fields that contribute questions or perspectives, such as anthropology, sociology, social psychology, economics, and political science.

    To define organizational theory, it is prudent to first define an organization. An organization is a dynamic system in which activities, relationships, and inter actions are woven into a whole. Theorists have used modeling to show the processes and activities that identify an organization and give it purpose and direction. Although organizational theory came to the forefront in public administration research since the 1950s, it is still a developing field. Part of the reason why organizational theory is not fully developed is the wide variety of theorists and practitioners in public ...

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