This happens when enough people have worked on a project – and enough paper has been produced – to make it look important. It isn't.
You can see the sky, but you can't touch it. Blue-skies research is something that looks fantastic; it has very little actual effect.
Otherwise known as a career-limiting move or, more accurately, those few innocent remarks you made to the chairman's wife at the office party.
Why you can't have a pay rise.
Gradually reducing a manager's workload.
When managers do nothing, but do enough of it to allow their subordinates to complete their jobs.
Long hours with no overtime pay and not knowing if you'll have a job tomorrow.
Beware any firm offering, for instance, "extranet implementation solutions". Even they don't know what they do, and you don't want to know what they charge for doing it.
Anything that gives you an added advantage towards some goal. Examples are, lying, bribes, begging and long lunches.
The reason your department is obsolete.
Leaping before you look.
These are the bits of a company that somehow cover up the mistakes made by the rest of it.
Pushing the envelope
A great many internet companies pushed the envelope all the time. Eventually, they all contained P45s.
The act of merging two companies in order to gain a knighthood.
Developing systems so awesomely complex that your employees will be kept in work for years explaining them to clients.