from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.


After Laurence Johnston Peter (1919-1990).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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