Open Innovation is a famous book, deservedly so.
And here is the story of The Double Helix. It's about how a young American -- 23 I think -- and a fellow British researcher, decoded DNA ahead of their rivals.
The young American was James Watson and the Brit was the 35 years old Francis Crick.
They were barred from doing their own experiments somehow. Anyway, they were behind their rivals in terms of data.
But they had a lot of experience in interpreting other people's data.
For instance, someone did an experiment, got some results, and published or presented his/her findings. Crick and Watson understood, or could explain the results better than the researcher who really undertook the experiment.
When you're lazy or late, you can often rely on their modus operandi.