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C. Northcote Parkinson's Parkinson's Law: A Modern-Day Interpretation of a Management Classic

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Cyril Northcote Parkinson's insightful book demonstrates his witty and acerbic panache for bringing to light the absurdity of every day life. Working around the premise 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion' Parkinson explores the realities of human behaviour within a bureaucracy. He doesn't theorise, but instead writes about how people truly function in organisations. Clever, funny and revealing, Parkinson's law is as relevant now as it was in 1958 when it was originally released. Here, Leo Gough's interpretation of Parkinson's law illustrates the timeless nature of C. Northcote Parkinson's insights by bringing them to life through modern case studies. This brilliant interpretation is an entertaining accompaniment to one of the most famous books ever written.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. BRILLIANT IDEAS
  5. INTRODUCTION
  6. 1 ‘MAKE-WORK’ IN ACTION
    1. 1 ‘MAKE-WORK’ IN ACTION
  7. 2 FULL EMPLOYMENT
    1. 2 FULL EMPLOYMENT
  8. 3 COMMITTEES
    1. 3 COMMITTEES
  9. 4 ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUES
    1. 4 ENTREPRENEURIAL VALUES
  10. 5 USELESS ACTIVITY
    1. 5 USELESS ACTIVITY
  11. 6 BUREAUCRATIC GROWTH
    1. 6 BUREAUCRATIC GROWTH
  12. 7 THE BUREAUCRATIC INCENTIVES
    1. 7 THE BUREAUCRATIC INCENTIVES
  13. 8 WORK EXPANDS
    1. 8 WORK EXPANDS…
  14. 9 BUREAUCRATIC MALEVOLENCE
    1. 9 BUREAUCRATIC MALEVOLENCE
  15. 10 HOW SCHEMES GROW WRONG
    1. 10 HOW SCHEMES GROW WRONG
  16. 11 THE TROUBLE WITH RECRUITMENT
    1. 11 THE TROUBLE WITH RECRUITMENT
  17. 12 FROM LOYALTY TIES TO BUREAUCRACY
    1. 12 FROM LOYALTY TIES TO BUREAUCRACY
  18. 13 FIT FOR PURPOSE?
    1. 13 FIT FOR PURPOSE?
  19. 14 LOOKISM
    1. 14 LOOKISM
  20. 15 COUNTRIES ARE RUN BY THE WISE?
    1. 15 COUNTRIES ARE RUN BY THE WISE?
  21. 16 THE ENDLESS DRIVE TO REMOVE BIAS
    1. 16 THE ENDLESS DRIVE TO REMOVE BIAS
  22. 17 THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET
    1. 17 THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET
  23. 18 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
    1. 18 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
  24. 19 THE CAUTIOUS BUREAUCRAT
    1. 19 THE CAUTIOUS BUREAUCRAT
  25. 20 IS MANAGEMENT THEORY A WASTE OF TIME?
    1. 20 IS MANAGEMENT THEORY A WASTE OF TIME?
  26. 21 SECRETS
    1. 21 SECRETS
  27. 22 COMITOLOGY
    1. 22 COMITOLOGY
  28. 23 HOW TO WASTE TIME AT MEETINGS
    1. 23 HOW TO WASTE TIME AT MEETINGS
  29. 24 THE MEANING OF FANCY OFFICES
    1. 24 THE MEANING OF FANCY OFFICES
  30. 25 MEGAPROJECTS
    1. 25 MEGAPROJECTS
  31. 26 BATTLE OF THE BUREAUCRACIES
    1. 26 BATTLE OF THE BUREAUCRACIES
  32. 27 INJELITITIS AT THE UN?
    1. 27 INJELITITIS AT THE UN?
  33. 28 BREAKING BARRIERS BETWEEN ORGANISATIONS
    1. 28BREAKING BARRIERSBETWEEN ORGANISATIONS
  34. 29 HOW TO INCREASE SUPPORT
    1. 29 HOW TO INCREASE SUPPORT
  35. 30 BETTER BRAINSTORMING
    1. 30 BETTER BRAINSTORMING
  36. 31 WHAT’S WRONG WITH CRONYISM?
    1. 31WHAT’S WRONG WITHCRONYISM?
  37. 32 REFORMING REFORMS?
    1. 32 REFORMING REFORMS?
  38. 33 EFFICIENCY AT THE NHS
    1. 33 EFFICIENCY AT THE NHS
  39. 34 THRIFT
    1. 34 THRIFT
  40. 35 THE MYTH OF TALENT
    1. 35 THE MYTH OF TALENT
  41. 36 LYING TO GET A JOB
    1. 36 LYING TO GET A JOB
  42. 37 MANAGEMENT VOODOO
    1. 37 MANAGEMENT VOODOO
  43. 38 NEPOTISM
    1. 38 NEPOTISM
  44. 39 SKUNK WORKS
    1. 39 SKUNK WORKS
  45. 40 BUSINESS TRAVEL
    1. 40 BUSINESS TRAVEL
  46. 41 WHEN AN ENTIRE COUNTRY COOKS THE BOOKS
    1. 41WHEN AN ENTIRE COUNTRY COOKS THE BOOKS
  47. 42 TRANSPARENCY
    1. 42 TRANSPARENCY
  48. 43 CENTRALISED PLANNING
    1. 43 CENTRALISED PLANNING
  49. 44 THE BENEFITS LABYRINTH
    1. 44 THE BENEFITS LABYRINTH
  50. 45 IT COULD HAPPEN HERE
    1. 45 IT COULD HAPPEN HERE
  51. 46 RECRUITMENT HELL
    1. 46 RECRUITMENT HELL
  52. 47 BAD LANGUAGE
    1. 47 BAD LANGUAGE
  53. 48 CUTTING THROUGH BUREAUCRACY
    1. 48 CUTTING THROUGH BUREAUCRACY
  54. 49 NETWORKING
    1. 49 NETWORKING
  55. 50 PREDICTING THE FUTURE
    1. 50 PREDICTING THE FUTURE
  56. 51 INDIFFERENCE
    1. 51 INDIFFERENCE
  57. 52 RETIREMENT
    1. 52 RETIREMENT
  58. INDEX