Peter Principle

Knowledge Center

12manage is looking for contributors...


Description of Peter Principle. Explanation.


  1. Summary
  2. Forum
  3. Best Practices
  4. Expert Tips
  5. Resources
  6. Print

Definition Peter Principle. Description.

The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence".

The cynical, humorous theory originated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull states that successful members of a hierarchical organization are eventually promoted to their highest level of competence, after which further promotion raises them to a level just beyond their highest level of competence.

The employee's incompetence is not necessarily caused only as a result of the higher-ranking position being "more difficult". Additionally it may be that the position is different from the position in which the employee previously excelled, and requires different skills, which the employee may not possess.

As a consequence, every post in any hierarchical organization tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties.

Peter Principle Forum
  What is the Dilbert Principle?
As a later, satirical response to the so called P...
  Peter Principle is partly true
To some extent the theory is true but not 100%. T...

Peter Principle Special Interest Group

Special Interest Group


Best Practices - Peter Principle Premium

Expert Tips - Peter Principle Premium

Resources - Peter Principle Premium

News about Peter PrincipleSign up


Videos about Peter PrincipleSign up


Presentations about Peter PrincipleSign up


Books about Peter PrincipleSign up


More about Peter PrincipleSign up


Compare also: Hierarchy of Needs  |  Stretch Goals  |  Parkinson's Law  |  Organization Chart

Special Interest Group Leader

You here


Return to Management Hub: Change & Organization  |  Human Resources

More on Management  |  Return to Management Dictionary  | 


This ends our Peter Principle summary and forum.

About 12manage | Advertising | Link to us / Cite us | Privacy | Suggestions | Terms of Service
2018 12manage - The Executive Fast Track. V14.1 - Last updated: 16-7-2018. All names of their owners.