IRS 311: Theory and Practice of Administration

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. trace the evolution of administrative organization theories from the classical to the modern form;
  2. explain the decision-making process in bureaucratic organizations;
  3. discuss the nexus between politics and administration; and
  4. apply basic administrative theories like Theory X and Y, Scientific Theory of

Management, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Riggs’ Primatics Sala Model.

Course Contents

Evolution of administrative organization theory from the classical through the neo-classical to the modern. Relation of administration to politics and the political process. Administrative behaviour in various international settings. Interplay of political institutions and administrative patterns of political institutions and administrative patterns of behaviour. Study of personnel administration, decision-making in bureaucratic organizations. Examination of Douglas McGregor’s Theories X and Y, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory, Taylor’s Scientific Theory of Management, Mayo’s Human Relations Approach, Simon’s Decision-Making Theory, Rigg’s Pragmatic Sala Model.