Management

The Persistence of Parkinson’s Law

“Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”. First enunciated by C. Northcote Parkinson in 1955, Parkinson’s Law was originally intended as a piece of pseudo-scientific fun. But Parkinson had tapped into a fundamental truth that is as evident now as it was then. As we retirees know only too well, what used to be doable in only a short time, now takes up an entire morning. We attribute this slowness to encroaching age, but Parkinson offers a simpler explanation. We simply have more time. Parkinson showed that the law comes into its own in the analysis of…

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