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Peter Principle

noun

  1. any of several satirical “laws” concerning organizational structure, especially one that holds that people tend to be promoted until they reach their level of incompetence.


Peter Principle

noun

  1. the Peter Principle
    the Peter Principle the theory, usually taken facetiously, that all members in a hierarchy rise to their own level of incompetence


Peter Principle

  1. A rule of organizations that states, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Formulated by Laurence J. Peter, this rule is supposed to explain occupational incompetence.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Peter Principle1

From of a book of the same name (1969) by Laurence J. Peter (1919–90), Canadian educator

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Peter Principle1

C20: from the book The Peter Principle (1969) by Dr. Lawrence J. Peter and Raymond Hull, in which the theory was originally propounded

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