How come Scott gets such a correct knowledge of the work place without working in a company? The executive management in my company probably believes that all success is accidental or by magic. Often times they do not have the expertise to differentiate between good and not-so-good products. To them everything might indeed look like the work of elves.
1) Low or inexistent wages? They may have a rare-earth and uranium mining consortium on the side (ever check out what's going on up north lately?). Plus they still have all those old Coca-Cola royalties.
2) Outdated technology? Apparently they outsource to India and the Far East.
3) Micromanaging? That jolly old elf? Businessmen who do not know how to fight worry die young (Andrew Carnegie, if memory serves).
4) Impossible logistics? Ah, that's where the magic comes in.
Now will someone please explain to me why I just spent fifteen minutes defending a myth? :)