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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 2%
Unknown 51 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 15%
Student > Bachelor 7 13%
Professor 7 13%
Student > Master 6 12%
Other 15 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 11 21%
Engineering 7 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 7 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 13%
Physics and Astronomy 6 12%
Other 14 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 107. 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 05 January 2019.
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#124,659
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#2,197
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#180
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