Make Serendipity work for you is yet another thought provoking article from HBR. Turns out quite surprisingly that Serendipity is a trade-able "skill", which can be "cultivated". Serendipity as a skill flourishes in a climate of diversity,non conformism, scarcity, sloppiness and tenacity, however, It takes a life of its own. A close brethren of creativity, serendipity is not really an equivalent of Luck and also not very conducive to control..This reminded me of Tom Friedman's wise words in "World is Flat" - "Everyone has to focus on what exactly is their value-add". Serendipity can be a interesting one !