More often i have come across using the term R&D to mean that something has to be looked into. A situation like, I have to plant a new tool/component into my application which needs to be studied before you can go about it.
"You can do R&D on this, and if it is feasible we shall go ahead."
So you want to do R&D in how often people use the term "R&D" ? I think its usage is more common in India(that too in IT companies).Possibly because we don't find the precise word in specific context?? The term Research and Development is much more than installing and configuring I believe.R&D assumes you know the present work and you are doing the research and later you will develop that. [ August 08, 2007: Message edited by: Arjunkumar Shastry ]
I think this is really awful language abuse. Apparently your boss is saying "R&D" to mean "to look into" or "to investigate." At best, that's the "R" par t of R&D, and even then, only in an ironic sense. Reading a manual isn't research!