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On the Peter Principle: An agent based investigation into the consequential effects of social networks and behavioural factors

Fetta, Angelico Giovanni, Harper, Paul Robert, Knight, Vincent Anthony, Vieira, Israel Teixeira and Williams, Janet Elizabeth 2012. On the Peter Principle: An agent based investigation into the consequential effects of social networks and behavioural factors. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 391 (9) , pp. 2898-2910. 10.1016/j.physa.2011.12.053

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Abstract

The Peter Principle is a theory that provides a paradoxical explanation for job incompetence in a hierarchical organisation. It argues that should staff be competent at a given level, their competence may not be implicit at higher levels due to the differences in the skill set required. Furthering the work of a recent investigation into the Peter Principle utilising agentbased simulation, this paper explores external factors upon varying promotion strategies to assess efficiency. Through additional elements of socialnetworks and organisational thought, a more representative view of workplace interaction is presented. Results of the simulation found that although the Peter Principle affects efficiency, it may not be to the levels previously suggested. Furthermore promotion on merit provided the most favourable maximum and minimum efficiency margins, given the absence of clear evidence pertaining to the existence of the Peter Principle.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peter Principle; Organisations efficiency; Agent based models; Social networks; Organisational behaviour
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-4371
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 03:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/26481

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