Posted by: Carel | September 10, 2007

Parkinson’s laws – THE management guide.

Published in the mid-1950’sParkinson’s laws are still very relevant today.

PARKINSON’S LAW: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

  1. “An official wants to multiply subordinates, not rivals”
  2. “Officials make work for each other.”

PARKINSON’S SECOND LAW: Expenditure rises to meet income.

PARKINSON’S THIRD LAW: Expansion means complexity, and complexity decay.

THE LAW OF DELAY: Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

THE LAW OF TRIVIALITY: The time spent on any item of a committee’s agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum of money involved.

INJELITANCE: A vital Parkinson contribution was his diagnosis of why certain organizations suddenly deteriorate: the rise to authority of individuals with unusually high combinations of incompetence and jealousy (“injelitance”).


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