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Northcote Parkinson

1909-1993 ,  British historian
Northcote ParkinsonBritish naval historian and author of some 60 books, the most famous of which was his best-seller Parkinson's Law, which led him to be also considered as an important scholar in public administration and management.

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Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

Parkinson’s law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Expenditures rise to meet income.

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.

The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.

Administrators make work for each other so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige.


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