Hindsight, insight, and foresight: A multi-level structural variation approach to the study of a scientific field

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Abstract

In this article we introduce a multi-level structural variation approach to the study of a scientific field. The approach is motivated by an explanatory and computational theory of transformative discovery and novel structural variation metrics derived from the theory. We integrate the theoretical framework with a visual analytic process that enables an analyst to study the literature of a scientific field across multiple levels of aggregation and decomposition, including the field as a whole, specialties, topics and predicates. We demonstrate the use of this approach through a study of regenerative medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-640
Number of pages22
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul 4

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  • Management Science and Operations Research

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