Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.
Administrators make work for each other so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige.
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
It is better to be a has-been than a never-was. C. Northcote Parkinso
Perfection of planning is a symptom of decay. During a period of exciting discovery or progress, there is no time to plan the perfect headquarters.
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. He becomes fussy about filing, keen on seeing that pencils are sharpened, eager to ensure that the windows are open (or shut) and apt to use two or three differe
No king or minister could have instructed Newton to discover the law of gravity, for they did not know and could not know that there was such a law to discover. No Treasury official told Fleming to discover penicillin. Nor was Rutherford instructed to split the atom by a certain date...
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. C. Northcote Parkinso
A committee grows organically, flourishes and blossoms, sunlit on top and shady beneath, until it dies, scattering the seeds from which other committees will spring.
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless.
It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. C. Northcote Parkinso
Parkinson's Law is a purely scientific discovery, inapplicable except in theory to the politics of the day. It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow.
Expenditure rises to meet income.
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
Parkinson's Fourth Law: The number of people in any working group tends to increase regardless of the amount of work to be done.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial. C. Northcote Parkinso
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
The mind reels at the multiplication of books intended to justify the author's promotion from assistant to associate professor.
The vacuum created by a failure to communicate will quickly be filled with rumor, misrepresentations, drivel, and poison.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. C. Northcote Parkinso
If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it.
Expenditures rise to meet income.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. C. Northcote Parkinso
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.