Something happens when people gather together in a group to get things done. Some of it is obviously good, I mean why even bother if more doesn't get done than working individually. But much of it is bad, where members spend as much or even more time and energy managing the needs and the threats of and from the organization itself than with those things the organization is supposed to be solving. Examples: 1) you want to be recognized and rewarded for getting something done. Instead of working on something that has important benefit to the organization but that few can see, you develop a minor solution to minor problem but that is easily seen, presto. 2) you spend so much time focused on threats to the organization, that you miss the person down the hall who's been working to make you look bad, because it will make them look good. 3) you develop alliances with like-minded people to protect yourself from other like-minded people who are out to get you. The obvious example is government, where politics is written in by law. But having spent my life in the private sector, politics seems to be a universal phenomenon, the result of social structures and procedures. I was even going to say human nature but such dynamics also seem inherent with non human groups. I've also noticed it to be less prevalent in organizations with flatter structure, fewer layers. But in all cases, it's those most adept at cultivating power, who end up with the most of it. And these are invariably the ones least likely (even if able) to make decisions to the benefit of the very organization that rewards and promotes them.