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The Practical Drucker by William A. Cohen

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CHAPTER  |  ELEVEN

People Have No Limits

Ever wonder where the “Peter Principle” came from? Peter Drucker made it very clear that it did not come from him. The idea came from a best-selling book of the same title, written by academic Laurence J. Peter (along with Raymond Hull). Moreover, Peter (Drucker, that is) thought that the Peter Principle was badly mistaken, easily disproved, and likely to lead to serious problems at many levels of management if it were actually applied as presented.

Who Was Laurence J. Peter?

Dr. Laurence J. Peter was an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California. His best-selling book called The Peter Principle was published in 1969. The alliteration of the two Ps helped the book catch ...

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