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Public Administration



This paper analyses the series of metamorphosis experienced by the field of public administration as well as its theoretical dispositions. It compartmentalizes these theories into three (3) approaches: classical, modern and postmodern theories, and evaluates the theoretical implication and challenges of these approaches at each stage of its development. It highlights the creativeness of classical school on successful management process and its focus on organization dynamics. The argument of modern school that identifies human factors as the basis for the optimal performance of an organization has been critically put in perspectives.