My experience is in a public accounting firm, where the staff are considered to be professional employees. As such, I would think we should be beyond the point of severe micromanagement, but apparently we are not. I have recently been reminded of this as I have had a couple large projects on which I am not allowed to use all of the resources at my disposal.
The tool I wish to use is a certain software program that has been recently acquired by the firm, and in my opinion, its usage would increase efficiency and reduce errors. I guess when you bill clients by the hour efficiency isn’t everything.