I read a blog post by Lance Weatherby that epitomized everything I think is stereotypically wrong in large organizations and was worth commenting on. Lance opines:
When it comes to roles and responsibilities a way to add a little clarity is to think in terms of who gets in trouble if something goes wrong (which is very different from who gets credit when something goes right). I call this who gets shot....
Imagine the team sitting around a big conference table. Imagine a little tank sitting in the middle of that table. The tank turret is always rotating and turning toward someone. The key is to solve the pressure point before the turret stops rotating and the gunner has time to take aim.
If we are not moving out product fast enough or the product we have is not functioning properly the turret turns to the CTO.
Market managers miss their numbers? Here come the tank. Sales reps don't generate a certain amount of revenue. Here comes the tank.
As I noted in the comments, I could not disagree more strongly.
There is a huge difference between responsibility and taking the blame