Parkinson's law


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Parkinson's Law

n.
Any of several satirical observations propounded as economic laws, especially "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

[After Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993), British historian.]

Parkinson's law

n
(Economics) the notion, expressed facetiously as a law of economics, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion
[C20: named after C. N. Parkinson (1909–93), British historian and writer, who formulated it]

Par′kinson's law′

(or Law′),


n.
any of various statements about business and office management expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, as the statement that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
[1950–55; after C. Northcote Parkinson (born 1909), English historian, who proposed them]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that work will expand so as to fill the time available for its completion
2.Parkinson's law - C. Northcote Parkinson's cynical observation that the number of subordinates in an organization will increase linearly regardless of the amount of work to be done
Translations

Parkinson's law

[ˈpɑːkɪnsənzˌlɔː] Nley f de Parkinson

Parkinson's Law

[ˈpɑˌkɪnsənzˌlɔː] nlegge f di Parkinson (secondo la quale il tempo necessario a fare qualcosa tende ad allungarsi per riempire il tempo a disposizione)
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Parkinson's Law states that 'work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.' Our findings suggest that managers need to view deadlines more comprehensively.
Northcote Parkinson (Parkinson's Law), urged "smallness as a solution to the problems of bigness" for his entire career as an economist.
Don't be a victim of Parkinson's Law In finance, Parkinson's Law is: "As the supply of a resource increases, so does the demand for that same resource." In other words, the more money you earn, the more money you spend; you go to fancier restaurants, live in a fancier place, buy pricier items, drive a bigger car, and give larger tips.
Parkinson's Law - "If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do" observed Cyril Northcote Parkinson.
As Parkinson's Law states so accurately: "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." Busy offices can be found everywhere.
(3) Parkinson (1909-93) had become world-famous as the author of Parkinson's Law (1958), notable for the dictum, actually coined by him a few years earlier, that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
Never tell yourself "I'll just get it done this weekend." Review Parkinson's Law in "The 4-Hour Workweek" and force yourself to cram within tight hours so your per-hour productivity doesn't fall through the floor.
Northcote Parkinson, the British author behind "Parkinson's Law" (work expands to fill the time available) had something to say about all this.
Well, if that proves anything, it is only Parkinson's Law, which states that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." You give someone more than 10 days to finish a task, he will finish the task in more than 10 days.
But whilst providing the perfect example of Parkinson's Law - work expanding to the limit available - one grumpy crew member declared as he put the practice courts to bed, only his second piece of action of the day mind you: "I dae know anyfin' about tennis, I only knows about shrubs."
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