Laurence Johnson Peter


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Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was an educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.

He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and began his career as a teacher in 1941. He received the degree of Doctor of Education from Washington State University in 1963.

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  • ''In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.''
    Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990), U.S. Canadian author. The Peter Principle, ch. 1 (1969). The so-called Peter Principle; compare with the Paula Prin...
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