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