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50 Years of Corporate and Organizational Foresight: Looking Back and Going Forward

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Technology Forecasting & Social Change, we review the evolution of corporate and organizational foresight within the journal and look ahead to the coming decade. We follow a systematic literature review process to uncover the major contributions in this area of foresight theory and practice covering five decades, and present the fruits of a thorough re-reading and thematic summary of these articles. We reveal the concerns of authors as they have sought to apply foresight in corporations, organizations, and institutions, how they have attempted to resolve them, and the progress they have made. In doing so, we discuss how these authors have cumulatively defined and evolved this portion of the strategic foresight field. We use this information as a base for launching a discussion of the current priorities and future challenges involved in developing further analytical un-derstanding of how companies and organizations may use foresight processes to reach goals and improve outcomes, and illuminate how they may best achieve this in practice
Original languageEnglish
Article number119966
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

    Research areas

  • Corporate Foresight, Literature review, Strategy, Innovation, Planning

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