Laurence J. Peter

September 16, 1919
January 12, 1990
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Laurence Johnston Peter was a Canadian educator and hierarchiologist best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle.BiographyPeter was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the grandson of William Herbert Steves, the founder of Steveston, British Columbia. Peter began his career as a teacher in Vancouver in 1941. He received the degree of Doctor of Education from Washington State University in 1963.In 1966, Peter moved to California, where he became an Associate Professor of Education, Director of the Evelyn Frieden Centre for Prescriptive Teaching, and Coordinator of Programs for Emotionally Disturbed Children at the University of Southern California.He became widely known in 1968 upon the publication of The Peter Principle, in which he states: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence...

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