chapter  VI
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Organisation theory, I as a distinct approach to the study of formal organisations, has come as a reaction to the shortcomings and opposing positions of previous approaches. It claims to have an integrative character; ' to bring together under a coherent theoretical scheme all those aspects of organisational behaviour which were treated one-sidedly by the human relations school, the classical management theory and the economic theory of the firm. Whether or not its claim to synthesis is fully justified, this new approach will be better understood if we show in which ways this integration is sought. Thus, whenever possible, during the present exposition, frequent comparisons and references to previous schools will be made.