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Cyril Northcote Parkinson

Date de naissance: 30. juillet 1909
Date de décès: 9. mars 1993
Autres noms:Cyril N. Parkinson,Сирил Норткот Паркинсон

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Cyril Northcote Parkinson est un historien et essayiste britannique, auteur de la loi de Parkinson selon laquelle « le travail s’étale de façon à occuper le temps disponible pour son achèvement ». Il a écrit l'article original, publié dans The Economist en 1955, alors qu'il était professeur d'histoire à l'université de Malaisie à Singapour.

Citations Cyril Northcote Parkinson

„Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion“

— C. Northcote Parkinson
Context: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion... Politicians and taxpayers have assumed (with occasional phases of doubt) that a rising total in the number of civil servants must reflect a growing volume of work to be done. Cynics, in questioning this belief, have imagined that the multiplication of officials must have left some of them idle or all of them able to work for shorter hours. But this is a matter in which faith and doubt seem equally misplaced. The fact is that the number of the officials and the quantity of the work are not related to each other at all. The rise in the total of those employed is governed by Parkinson's Law and would be much the same whether the volume of the work were to increase, diminish, or even disappear. The importance of Parkinson's Law lies in the fact that it is a law of growth based upon an analysis of the factors by which that growth is controlled. Parkinson's Law . It is based on an article published in The Economist (November 1955).

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„Expansion means complexity, and complexity decay.“

— C. Northcote Parkinson
Cited in: Ian Charles Jarvie (2014), Towards a Sociology of the Cinema (ILS 92). p. 34

„A perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.“

— C. Northcote Parkinson
p. 60; cited in: Craig Calhoun (2012), Contemporary Sociological Theory, p. 254

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