Comments: Do You Know Peter?

I cite the Peter Principle frequently enough: it's deeply embedded in the university system, which takes effective teachers and researchers and turns them into managers. Sometimes it works....

But the increasing use of academic day-labor (class-by-class adjunct hires, etc.) means that the Tenure-track faculty -- from which administrators traditionally came -- is shrinking, so it's getting more and more likely that anyone with a pulse will get tagged for administrative duties, and if they show any skill whatsoever, more administrative duties....

Posted by Ahistoricality at September 30, 2011 12:02 PM

Well, according to this new analysis, corporations have a less-disastrous impact on their own productivity if they promote randomly instead of promoting "the best."

Universities might wind up having to hire actual administrators from outside the system--could have an interesting impact.

Posted by Anne at September 30, 2011 01:25 PM