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Quick Edit | A scary thought

Quick Edit | A scary thought
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First Published: Fri, Oct 01 2010. 11 29 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Oct 01 2010. 11 29 PM IST
Remember the Peter Principle? It says that employees get promoted to the level of their incompetence. So, people climb the ladder as long as they work competently till they are promoted to a position where they are not competent. Work gets done only by those who have not reached their level of incompetence.
This wonderful truth is so well captured in the Dilbert cartoons. But what is to be done?
Three Italian scholars —Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo—have used mathematics and game theory to come up with an elegant solution: Organizations will work better if they promote people at random.
The three Italians have been awarded the famous Ig Nobel Prize, given to improbable research that first makes people laugh and then makes them think.
So here’s a disturbing thought. Does that mean Suresh Kalmadi may one day be in charge of our finances or security?
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First Published: Fri, Oct 01 2010. 11 29 PM IST