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Peter Principle

The Peter Principle states that a person will continue to receive promotions up in an organization until he or she reaches a level that he or she is incompetent to fill. The promotions will then stop. The principle is spelled out in detail and tongue-in-cheek in a book, The Peter Principle, by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull. Subsequent books by Dr. Peter include The Peter Pyramid, The Peter Prescription and The Peter Plan.

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