Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Peter Principle Revisited

Not really "coarse mathematics" in the sense I initially intended, but feels rather relevant to the work of a department head.   This paper uses a simulation to demonstrate that, under certain hypotheses, a "hierarchical" organization will function more efficiently by promoting people at random than by always promoting those who are most competent in their current position.


Lukasz Grabowski said...

_And_, the authors won Ig Nobel for this article this year :-).

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