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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"?
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.