While reading through this Kotaku article by Jason Schreier about some of the immediate fallout from the Activision-Blizzard layoffs, This quote really struck me:
Said one former Blizzard employee to me last December: “There’s a real struggle now between developers and the business people… Strategic decisions are being driven by the finance group.”
My question I’d be interested to hear about: Has situations like the above ever turned out well? There are countless anecdotes about financial people screwing up a good business, but are there cases where it ended up saving the business or even making it better? Before I go around saying that sort of thing never turns out well, I want to be sure that I’m not in a filter bubble and just assuming that in all cases this end up in long-term ruin.