Serendipity in research and development: The promise of putting into place patterns for paying attention

David C. Thompson*, Samantha M. Copeland

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Abstract

The concept of serendipity or accidental discovery is typically discussed in the context of organizational research and development (RnD) through narratives involving ‘renegade iconoclasts’ laboring at the periphery. Recently, robust academic literature has emerged that grounds serendipity epistemologically. In the current work, this literature is introduced in the context of the typical activities of contemporary life science-focused RnD organizations. Practical patterns are described that can increase the likelihood of realizing accidental (serendipitous) RnD discoveries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103648
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project https://www.openaccess.nl/en/you-share-we-take-care Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.

Keywords

  • accidental discovery
  • innovation
  • organizational theory
  • research and development
  • serendipity

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