PARKINSON'S LAW by Professor C. Northcote Parkinson


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A soberfaced research into the tribal customs of government and organization, these ""and other studies in administration"" are bound to find those who like their humor on the dry, quiet side for they provide a delightful hour or so of caricature on the various forms of human activities, other than domestic. A small committee, the assembly or general meeting, a finance committee, staff accumulation in public administrative departments (the mother-root of Parkinson's Law), ""Injelititis"" (an organization afflicted with palsied paralysis), recommended procedures for bringing about compulsory retirement- all are worked over in multi-reproducing formulae, to the point where mathematical attrition ends in ridicule. Raw truth is the fundamental and its oversimplification, hardly ever obscured by Parkinson's technical analysis, is for those who have a mind to rise above sacrosanct procedures for an inward grin at mortals' mores.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 1957
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin