On 20 June 2013 07:16, Jon Innes <jinnes@...>
Research in the absence of design considerations has no value in a product oriented company. If you want to do that type of work go apply for an academic position or a government grant.
I'd actually quite strongly disagree with that. Research work not directed as specific product work often helps surface pain points and problems in the market that research aimed at a particular product will miss.
One of the things that causes companies to be blind-sided is that they only do research in the context of their products. They then get stomped all over by $competitor who goes and understands the wider context of their customer's problems.
You need both if you're going to be successful in the long term (IMHO anyway ;)