This response resonated with me because I have experienced this first-hand several times in my career. Specifically, scientists who seldom have any particularly original ideas of their own, but who, more often than not, seem to end up involved in high-profile, cutting edge work that brings them notoriety, prestige, and, of course, additional funding for their research program. Witnessing their approach reveals a few clues about their methodology.
- Step #1: Repeat some of the original work in a hasty and ham-handed manner. (Plan)
- Step #2: Align themselves with the original researchers by giving public presentations noting that they had been working on these ideas for some time. (Scheme)
- Step #3: Suggest to the original researchers to merge their efforts. (Infiltrate)
- Step #4: Inflate the level of their contributions and take credit as an equal partner of the
original researchers. (Manipulate)