Peter Principle WORD ORIGIN noun any of several satirical “laws” concerning organizational structure, especially one that holds that people tend to be promoted until they reach their level of incompetence.
Origin of Peter Principle from the title of a book by Laurence J. Peter (born 1919), Canadian educator Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for peter principle Peter Principle noun the Peter Principle the theory, usually taken facetiously, that all members in a hierarchy rise to their own level of incompetence Word Origin for Peter Principle C20: from the book The Peter Principle (1969) by Dr. Lawrence J. Peter and Raymond Hull, in which the theory was originally propounded Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for peter principle Peter Principle
1968, “in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence,” named for (and by) Laurence Johnston Peter (1919-1990) Canadian-born U.S. educationalist and author, who described it in his book of the same name (1969).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper peter principle in Culture Peter Principle
A rule of organizations that states, “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” Formulated by Laurence J. Peter, this rule is supposed to explain occupational incompetence.
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