Ari's basic premise? You can count on executives or developers to get the open source religion and push for adoption...but don't expect middle management (Ari is a middle manager at Nokia) to push for the change:
In most cases the middle management does not have the luxury of being innovative or bright - they just need to get the products out....These middle managers never initiate change or generate new ideas because they are too busy running arons [sic?]. So the change never starts from the middle.
So I've come to the conclusion that you need crazy executives and religious developers to get things changed and new things [like open source] started. And you need stubborn and boring middle managers to get things eventually done.
Ari, a middle manager.
Very funny, and very true. The person in the middle has little to gain from rocking the boat with open source. Open source seems to be a bottom-up or top-down phenomenon. At least, at Nokia.