A former boss of mine had a great turn of phrase for the almost fatal independence he thought some internal project teams were given - he called it the "
bat and bow syndrome
." It referred to how management, either sensing an opportunity or panicking, would give an in-house innovation team the assignment of coming up with the company's next big idea. This team would accept its mission, and head off to brainstorm. They would take the best idea they came up with, put a big "bow" on it, and present it back to management. But because management knew nothing of the process, the research conducted or the insights used to come up with the idea, they would react like people sometimes do to new ideas - deem them unfeasible and risky, and bash them into smithereens with a "bat." Hence the Bat and Bow.