Books: In Competence

WHY THINGS GO WRONG by Dr. Laurence J. Peter Morrow; 207 pages; $12.95

Pe 'ter Prin 'ciple: people tend to be promoted till they reach a level beyond their competence [from the title of a book by Laurence J. Peter (b. 1919), Canadian educator].

| —The Random House College Dictionary

In this caustic sequel, Peter lives off the principle he invented.

But this time the author is not merely ; against the Organization, he pits himself against organization itself. His omnium-gatherum of anecdotes, historical footnotes and autobiography has little structure and no main thesis. Instead, Peter fills his book with 24 corollaries of the...

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