The Peter Principle
The Peter Principle
Understand the essentials of the Peter principle in just 50 minutes with this practical and concise book. The Peter principle raises important questions about competence, efficiency and internal promotion: it suggests that “every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence”, meaning that, the higher up we look in the hierarchy of a company, the more likely it is that positions will be occupied by incompetent employees. If this hypothesis is correct, it obviously has major consequences in terms of effectiveness and productivity.
This book will provide you with a handy introduction to the applications of the Peter principle in human resource management and performance management. It also features a fascinating examination of a computational simulation to test this hypothesis, a discussion of the concept’s limitations, including its excessive simplicity, and an introduction to related models, such as Parkinson’s Law and the Dilbert Principle
About the Peter principle
The Peter principle states that if an employee is working efficiently at a given hierarchical level, he will be promoted to the next level in the hierarchy, and so on until he reaches the level where he is inefficient. If he cannot be demoted, this means that all structures naturally evolve towards a balance of greater inefficiency. This raises a number of important questions regarding internal promotion and human resource management.
In this book, you will learn about the assumptions underlying the Peter principle, the reasons why incompetent employees are sometimes promoted and the signs that a person has reached the “last position”, when they can no longer cope in their role. A clear explanation of the positive and negative aspects of the concept, a discussion of how it works in practice and an introduction to related models will give you the tools you need to find out whether the Peter principle applies to your situation.
This straightforward and accessible 34-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Peter principle
- The hypotheses of the Peter principle
- The incompetent employees
- Signs of the last position
- Limitations and extensions of the Peter principle
- Limitations and criticisms
- Related models and extensions
- Practical application of the Peter principle
- Study of Catania
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