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Parkinson's Law or the Pursuit of Progress Paperback – 28 May 1970

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (28 May 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140023666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140023664
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Great book. Despite being written in the late 1950s by a public servant the ideas in this book are equally as relevant, if not even more relevant, today for both companies and government.

The book covers Parkinson's main law - that tasks expand to fill the time available - and also other witty and interesting theories he has created based on his experiences in the workplace.

This book really does show how shallow and unnecessary the long hours culture is!
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As a replacement for lost book it is perfect. It's a book that I would recommend for anyone. Entertaining humour combined with thought provoking information that lets you into a world that may not be quite like you thought it was.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the best books on organisational and governmental waste and management overkill, with great examples. Utterly pertinent to today's bloated public sector.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Parkinson's Law regularly goes out of print and then a small run might be printed, which is a terrible shame, as this is probably one of the best management books.

Well written and with pearls of wisdom interwoven into every short story.

From detailing strategies for prolonging chargeable time to tactics to drive the boss "bananas", scheduling a series of conferences at distant points on the globe, each of which are sufficient to cause jet-lag and exhaustion.

He describes the way Boards work and how they will give greater credence to those technical details that they understand. As he says, a Board will approve the construction of a "nuclear power plant in 10 minutes" because they cannot debate the detail, whereas the building of a bicycle shed will go on for 4 hours with all sorts of specific input.
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