The five benefits of having a central manager, articulated by an unidentified central executive, are:
- The central management gets broad goals for the divisions;
- Unifies the divisions into a whole and limits their authority;
- Tracks progress and problems;
- Relieves divisional directors of certain task (Financial, legal, public relations etc);
- Offers best advice from central legal, accounting, etc staff.
All of these things can be good things but they can also seem like impositions on division leaders who are anxious to acquire more authority. The complaints can be major or they can be petty – too much red tape, interference by bean counters, and so on.