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20 October 2012 @ 07:19 pm
AKICILJ: One of Murphy's Laws or Peter's Principles, I think  
But I can't find it. Can anyone identify the source (and original wording) of "Given enough time, any organization's primary purpose becomes self-preservation"?
LeiaCat: greyleiacat on October 21st, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Best I can tell, this:

Network Forensics Evasion: How to Exit the Matrix http://billstclair.com/matrix/index.html

See part 1 - The Matrix" - for the following much-quoted line:

The Matrix is the social structure that subordinates Humanity to its will. It is the machinery of society that exists solely to perpetuate itself, its influence, and its power independent of any human need. It insulates us from each other and ourselves through deception, and essentially transforms us into servile engines of economic and political output (power). The machines that live off this power are institutions: large corporations, governments, schools, religious institutions, and even non-profit orgs. Every institution will reach a point in its existence where its primary function becomes self-preservation and perpetuation, instead of serving human need. At this point it becomes a machine of the Matrix.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 21st, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
That looks like it might be it! Thanks so much.
Shmuel A. Kam: Pressureshmuelisms on October 21st, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
I am almost certain this is actually one of Parkinson's "Laws", NOT Peter's, but I can't find my reference just now.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 21st, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, because the friend I was talking to said Parkinson's, but the only Parkinson's Law I could find was "work expands to fill the time available".
Tim Illingworth: default jasper librarytimill on October 21st, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/Parkinson-s-Law.html has

"Observation that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion," and that a sufficiently large bureaucracy will generate enough internal work to keep itself 'busy' and so justify its continued existence without commensurate output. Proposed in 1955 in jest by the UK political analyst and historian Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909-93) while criticizing the British Admiralty (which was growing bigger while the number of sailors and ships under its care was going down)."

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 22nd, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Aha! The source I found didn't have the second half of that sentence. Thanks.
gh4acws on October 21st, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
found quote "As my favorite sociologist Amitai Etzioni points out in “Modern Organizations,” sooner or later self-preservation becomes the primary purpose of every organization. HR empowers itself to do it bigger and better." http://wwnh.wordpress.com/2012/09/01/1710-find-blessings-in-your-job/

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 22nd, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
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