I'm also saying that it's MBA's that can't innovate... they're not smart enough to. They just manage. All the MBA's in the world wouldn't have dreamed up the 747, much less designed it. But, anyone could be an MBA and manage something already in place.
I don't agree with that. A good MBA realizes what kind of company it is running and will act accordingly. A bad MBA will work form quarter to quarter results, not good for a company dependent on long term strategies and investment like building aircraft.
The rules have changed in running a company. The long-term viability of a company - so important to people like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, the Rockefellers, and even Juan Trippe - is secondary to ensuring massive amounts of profits get shoveled into the pockets of investors. If the company dies two years from now, who cares? The MBA who ruined it will have his/her golden parachute, and he/she will proceed to the next company to do the same thing.
In essence, what is being so very well discussed in this thread (for the most part) is toxic capitalism. It is when the rush to production and determination to achieve an unachievable date becomes the ONLY thing of value, and the risks to human life are outweighed by the MBA who knows nothing - and cares less - of safety and testing.
The Ford automobile company did this with the exploding Pinto in the 70's, figuring it would be cheaper to pay off the relatives of the immolated people burned to death in the car, because a simple fix would have been more expensive.
McDonnell Douglas did the same thing with the DC-10, even after AA flight #96, which showed that there was a horrible yet fixable flaw in the cargo door. Instead of mandating the fix immediately, it was allowed to be phased in, and the Turkish DC-10 crash in 1974 was not supposed to happen. But it did.
And now we have MBA's taking over Boeing saying, "extra safety equipment will ruin our profit margins!", or something to that effect. And THAT is the real crime.
I have full and complete confidence the 737MAX will be fixed and will fly again, once the ridiculous concept of "only one angle indicator is really needed" is dead and buried. Boeing leadership needs to step up, say, "the buck stops here", take full responsibility, train new pilots on these situations, and have at least three sensors indicating the correct angle of pitch.