iceberg principle

 The idea that in any situation only a small part of the problem will be initially visible.
 ► “Adds Andrew Brimmer, an economist and financial consultant who sits on the boards of several major corporations: ‘It’s like the iceberg principle. The 8% of the iceberg above the water is what we see - large corporations that have institutionalized affirmative action. The vast bulk of firms are below the surface - the smaller corporations have done virtually nothing.’ ” (Wall Street Journal, March 20, 1995, p. B1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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