Writing in the ribbonfarm.com blog, Venkatesh Rao uses The Office
to explain and illustrate a theory of management he calls the Gervais Principle
(after the TV series's creator). Taking off from Hugh MacLeod's cartoon laying out a corporate hierarchy in layers of Sociopaths, the Clueless, and Losers
, Rao riffs on and updates the Peter Principle, in these terms: "Sociopaths, in their own best interests, knowingly promote over-performing losers into [clueless] middle-management, groom under-performing losers into sociopaths, and leave the average bare-minimum-effort losers to fend for themselves."
Don't know about you, but this analysis suddenly makes sense of much that mystified me in my sojourn in corporate America.