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Idea Twins: Simultaneous Discoveries as a Research Tool

Journal Article
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, the author describes their vast theoretical potential for strategy and innovation research and review prior works on the topic. Second, he describes a new method that generates lists of recent simultaneous discoveries in science systematically and automatically using openly available sources. Third, the author makes the resulting dataset available for anyone to use.

Associate Professor of Strategy