Peter-principle meaning

The theory that employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent.
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The facetious proposition that each employee in an organization tends to be promoted until reaching his or her level of incompetence.
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The theory that in an organization, people tend to rise (be promoted) to the level of their incompetence.
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Origin of peter-principle

  • After Laurence Johnston Peter (1919–1990)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition