I spent the first 20 years as an employee producing some quite famous products in the music production industries. 15 years of that in Japan.
I've spent the last 15 years now mostly being on contracts of one form or another in all kinds of industries in Australia. So doing technical contracts, management and freelance artwork and cartooning is the way I've had to play it.
The business world has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, where the American MBA has skewed large companies priorities. That "lowest cost over best value" is not even on the table is bizarre. Have been involved with companies that didn't think the development and support of their core product was actually important.
It is a part of human nature to under estimate your own ability in a subject you don't know anything about.
All summed up as the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Even though this is now taught in Masters Of Business Administration (MBA) courses, it doesn't mean anyone actually learns from it.
When senior management is mostly from sales or accounting, other departments are under represented, and their importance belittled.
Things really could be done better..... There is something really wrong when senior management doesn't even comprehend a technical issue in their product...