Parkinson's Law
noun Etymology: C. Northcote Parkinson died 1993 English historian Date: 1955 1. an observation in office organization: the number of subordinates increases at a fixed rate regardless of the amount of work produced 2. an observation in office organization: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion

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  • Parkinson's Law — Par‧kin‧son s Law [ˌpɑːkɪnsnz ˈlɔː ǁ ˌpɑːrkɪnsnz ˈlɒː] noun HUMAN RESOURCES US noun [S] HUMOROUS ► the idea that work always increases to fill the time available for finishing it: »A variant of Parkinson s Law says that the quantity of emails… …   Financial and business terms

  • Parkinson's Law — [pär′kin sənz] n. [propounded by C. Northcote Parkinson (1909 93), Brit economist] any of several satirical statements expressed as economic laws, as one to the effect that work expands to fill the time allotted to it …   English World dictionary

  • Parkinson's Law — 1955 (in the Economist of Nov. 19), named for its deviser, British historian and journalist Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909 1993): work expands to fill the time available for its completion …   Etymology dictionary

  • Parkinson's law — Parkinson s .law n [U] the idea that the amount of work you have to do increases to fill the amount of time you have to do it in used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Parkinson's law — Not to be confused with Parkinson s Law of Triviality. Parkinson s law is the adage first articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955:[1][2] “ …   Wikipedia

  • Parkinson's law — n. the notion that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Etymology: C. N. Parkinson, Engl. writer b. 1909 * * * ˈParkinson s law f10 noun uncountable (humorous) the idea that work …   Useful english dictionary

  • Parkinson’s law — the idea that ‘work expands to fill the time available to complete it’. People often mention Parkinson’s law when talking humorously about bureaucracy (= a system of official rules and ways of doing things which seem too complicated). The… …   Universalium

  • Parkinson's Law —    C. Northcote Parkinson (1909 1993), Raffles Professor of History at the University of Malaya, expounded his satirical law in 1955 in the Economist. His collection of essays on bureaucratic overload promulgated in book form in 1957 made this… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Parkinson's law — the statement, expressed facetiously as if a law of physics, that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion. Also, Parkinson s Law. [1950 55; after C. N. PARKINSON] * * * …   Universalium

  • Parkinson's law — A principle formulated by the British political scientist C. Northcote Parkinson (Parkinson s Law, 1958) to the effect that ‘work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion’ …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Parkinson's law — the idea that the work you have to do will increase to fill all of the time you have to do it in. If you tell him you want the work done by tomorrow, he ll get it done this afternoon, if you tell him next Thursday, he ll spend a week on it. It s… …   New idioms dictionary

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