January 15, 2014
"The upshot is that, as you scale an organization, getting rid of the hierarchy--or even assuming that a flatter one is better--is the wrong goal," writes Sutton. "Your job is to build the best hierarchy you can."
Sutton's article on LinkedIn goes into further detail.
( Prof. Sutton talks about the Google example about 2/3rd of the way through this video www.deanstalk.net/deanstalk/2014/04/stanford-prof-bob-sutton-scalingupexcellencecom-ecorner-video-12-feb-2014.html )