Idea Twins: Simultaneous Discoveries as a Research Tool
Strategic Management Journal, 2020
24 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2013 Last revised: 29 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 26, 2020
Over half a century after Merton’s (1963) description of simultaneous discoveries “as a strategic research site” for social science, they are hardly ever studied. This paper illustrates the potential of this phenomenon as a research tool. First, I describe their vast theoretical potential for strategy and innovation research and review prior works on the topic. Second, I describe a new method that generates lists of recent simultaneous discoveries in science systematically and automatically using openly available sources. Third, I make the resulting dataset available for anyone to use.
Keywords: Simultaneous discoveries; Creativity; Scientific publications; Paper twins; Research tool
JEL Classification: O31, O32
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