Disney 'Enforcer' Stripped of Power - LA Times, 3/26/05
QuikQuote: Murphy's 30-person strategic planning unit will be dramatically downsized, giving more autonomy to Disney's division chiefs, some of whom have complained of being marginalized and disrespected by Murphy. Critics of his operation, which reviews all major Disney initiatives, have dubbed it "the business prevention department."
"You want to energize bold, thoughtful risk taking in a creative business," said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, associate dean of the Yale School of Management. "You just can't do that when you're caught up in complex chains of command."
But the structural problems were compounded by Murphy's reputation as Eisner's guided missile, said several current and former Disney executives, who asked not to be named.