I respect the point of view, and maybe I don’t make my position clear enough, but I think it’s more nuanced.""
In the simplest terms I can think of, I just think there are many, many layers between Jeff and marketplace. Fundamentally, he employs someone, who employs someone, who employs someone, who… down to the person who actually sees this happening and is paid more depending on turnover and has to weigh up the relative merits of their bonus vs. telling their superior that someone left big holes in the system… and if they decide to tell, then that person has the same quandary. I’m not by any means defending Amazon, I just don’t buy that this is down to anything more suspicious than corporate inertia.
But I wholeheartedly have no desire to fall out with anyone if they think differently
Well, of course, this is exactly how all large corporations work - layers and layers of management, with the left hand often not knowing what the right hand is doing (except in the case of Amazon it is more like an octopus, with different hands in different continents). So on deciding whether or not this is “cock up or conspiracy” it depends who you are calling “Amazon”.
I likewise do not believe that what one might call “the Executive” is even aware of this. In the reports that they see and the purview they take this would not even be on the charts. In that respect one might call it a “cock up”.
On the other (octopus’s) hand, it is perfectly possible that someone in a very senior managerial position (though not an Executive one) either came up with the idea of allowing this or encouraging it or, at best, has tolerated it. That person (or group’s) active encouragement or passive approval has probably not been reported upward to the Executive as there is no requirement to do so. Now, depending on how you look at that, it’s either a conspiracy or a cock up or, in fact, both.
I think the main point is that very senior persons in Amazon (though not necessarily the most senior) can hardly be unaware of this. To the degree that they are aware and are doing nothing to fix it, it’s a conspiracy. Depending on how senior those people are, it may nonetheless be just a cock up.