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“In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.”

The principle holds that in a hierarchy members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their “level of incompetence”), and there they remain. Peter’s Corollary states that “in time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out his duties” and adds that “work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence”.



Author: Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull
Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Books (November 1982)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553233424
ISBN-13: 978-0553233421

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