The Peter Principle and Its Derivations

All employees in a hierarchy tend to move up until they are ultimately incompetent. One minute read, published on July 7th, 2016.

With the Peter principle Laurence J. Peter put forward the thesis that employees in a hierarchy tend to move up until they are ultimately incompetent.

Peter’s own first derivation: “After a certain time, each position is filled by an employee who is incompetent to perform his or her task.”

The second derivation is then: If you are able to perform a certain task, you will not (no longer) be in the position to do so.

The third derivation: To be able to accomplish a task, you must be capable of more than the position requires.

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