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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


I get the impression that Mr Parko is very concerned about the hierarchy within the company.

So why did he reach down through multiple layers of management to micro-manage the 'team' at Austin? In strongly hierarchical organisations the obvious approach is to say the the next layer down 'see to it that <whatever you want> is done.'. They then hand on the instruction in their own way to their minions. By committing the instruction to a semi-permanent medium like e-mail he can't even repudiate it later.


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