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I could not disagree more
The responsibility of the executive staff is to listen to their subordinate mgrs so that they may make informed (responsible) decisions. If you have informed them of the need and why (in writing), then you have done your job. However you should push a little. In my experience, the executive mgmt does not believe that IT mgrs have the ability to make business decisions. So unless you push the issue, you will always be living with this self-destructive nature.