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Serendipity and strategy in rapid innovation

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, December 2017
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Title
Serendipity and strategy in rapid innovation
Published in
Nature Communications, December 2017
DOI 10.1038/s41467-017-02042-w
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Authors

T. M. A. Fink, M. Reeves, R. Palma, R. S. Farr

Abstract

Innovation is to organizations what evolution is to organisms: it is how organizations adapt to environmental change and improve. Yet despite advances in our understanding of evolution, what drives innovation remains elusive. On the one hand, organizations invest heavily in systematic strategies to accelerate innovation. On the other, historical analysis and individual experience suggest that serendipity plays a significant role. To unify these perspectives, we analysed the mathematics of innovation as a search for designs across a universe of component building blocks. We tested our insights using data from language, gastronomy and technology. By measuring the number of makeable designs as we acquire components, we observed that the relative usefulness of different components can cross over time. When these crossovers are unanticipated, they appear to be the result of serendipity. But when we can predict crossovers in advance, they offer opportunities to strategically increase the growth of the product space.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 3%
Unknown 35 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 17%
Researcher 6 17%
Professor 5 14%
Lecturer 5 14%
Student > Master 4 11%
Other 10 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 6 17%
Mathematics 5 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 14%
Engineering 5 14%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 11%
Other 11 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 111. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 April 2018.
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#103,114
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Outputs from Nature Communications
#1,767
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#5,840
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#159
of 1,459 outputs
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