February 28, 2005

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The Peter Principle with Hong Kong characteristics

The Peter Pricinple:

The Peter Principle is a theory originated by Dr. Laurence J. Peter which states that employees within a hierarchical organization advance to their highest level of competence, are then promoted to a level where they are incompetent, and then stay in that position.

This follows from the use of promotion as a reward for success. As long as a person is competent in his current position, he will be promoted to the next higher one. By iteration, the only way a person can stop being promoted is to reach a level where he is no longer able to do well, and thus does not appear eligible for promotion.

The Standard:
In an unprecedented move that has renewed speculation that Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa may step down before his term expires in mid-2007, Beijing authorities have signaled their intention to appoint him to a senior mainland position often given to officials near retirement...According to sources in Beijing, Tung was also nominated as vice-chairman of the CPPCC. If elected and he accepts the post, he will be one of 25 vice-chairmen.

If Mr Tung is to become a CPPCC vice-chairman, [it] actually [means] he is promoted to the rank of a state leader.

I leave it to you to decide if this is proof or disproof of the principle.

posted by Simon on 02.28.05 at 09:15 AM in the


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