Sir Michael Edwardes, in his book Back from the Brink, explains that one of his central problems at British Leyland was that the company was run by the wrong people. He distinguishes between two typesof executives at any level in any business: line managers, who are concerned to achieve results; and advisory staff, who are more concerned to produce papers. British Leyland, argues Sir Michael, had staff people in line jobs. Hence vast amounts of political infighting. And more activity than action.
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