frog: What Are The Ethics Of Research For Corporate Gain?
Jan Chipchase shares his thoughts about what it's like to work for some of the largest corporations in the world and how he stays objective.
The views expressed here are my own, and not my employer, clients or other stakeholders.
I enjoyed going to the recent Pop!Tech conference—the combination of bright minds, warm hearts and the Maine autumn is highly conducive to reflecting on what has been and imagining on what will be next.
During the event, I gave a talk to the audience about my research work, and in the panel session at the end of my talk I took two questions from a member of the audience relating to personal motivations of doing this kind of research and whether anyone has the moral right to extract knowledge from a community for corporate gain. Given the asker’s frustrated-politeness I’ll paraphrase what I (and a bunch of folks that came up to me after the talk) took as the intent of his questions: