Just read Clay Shirky's talk, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy". It reminded me of something else I've read. There's an insane theologian named Walter Wink who wrote a series of books called the "Powers Triology", in which he essentially equates demon possession to the organizational inertia of large groups.
It's a very weird idea, and in many respects, Wink is just nuts. But he's one of those guys who's smarter insane than most people are at their sanest.
If you're allergic to reading thologians, all I can say is that Wink definitely won't be what you're expecting.