I see the opposite happening in Ghana Incorporated, where irrespective of the health of the financial chest, the structure remains the same or even more layers added. My view is that this remains one of the key reasons why private organisations such as the Unicorn survived whilst contemporary state organisations faded into oblivion. ~ Excerpt from book still in draft, Straddling the Unicorn, by yours truly.
During my 10 years stay learning to straddle the Unicorn, I observed a significant change in how the organisation was structured and how the layers were flattened and support services streamlined to ensure that overheads were reduced. I observed how even directors moved from having PAs to sharing and then to having PAs who served the entire or even two departments. None of the senior managers had secretaries, they had to type their own letters and memos. I experienced the shift from directors having drivers to having to drive themselves or employing drivers on their own salaries. I saw a gradual but steady tightening of the purse and cutting off of fat to ensure that the Unicorn didn’t crumble and the bottom line was delivered.