Are corporations overloaded with useless bureaucrats?
I came across this article and it got me wondering how valid the argument is. Where I work, there are some mid-level managers whose contributions are less than apparent.
In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams had an amusing way of making the same point. There is a planet whose government embarks on a program to evacuate everyone before a forecasted catastrophe. They divide the population into three groups – laborers, upper management and middle management. The first group dispatched is the middle management group. It turns out that there is no catastrophe on the horizon. The forecast was just part of a plan to get rid of the do nothing pencil pushers and leave behind the people who do the actual work.
What is your take on this?