René Rohrbeck

Environmental Scanning, Futures Research, Strategic Foresight and Organizational Future Orientation: A Review, Integration, and Future Research Directions

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In this paper we explore the current understanding on how firms explore future changes and trends as well as plan their managerial responses. We review literature in four research streams: (1) environmental scanning, (2) futures research, (3) peripheral vision, and (4) corporate/strategic foresight. Through the analysis of more than 250 articles we (a) trace the evolution over time, (b) highlight the linkages between the different research streams, and (c) give recommendations for future research. Overall we call for more cross-fertilization of the different research streams and a stronger linkage to adjacent research disciplines. Through such integration and linkage research should produce better recommendations for managers on how to build an organizational future orientation, drive organizational adaptation, and make their firms robust towards external discontinuous change.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year19 Jun 2012
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2012
EventISPIM Annual Conference - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 17 Jun 201220 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceISPIM Annual Conference
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period17/06/201220/06/2012

Bibliographical note

Suggested citation: Rohrbeck, René and Bade, Manuel , Environmental Scanning, Futures Research, Strategic Foresight and Organizational Future Orientation: A Review, Integration, and Future Research Directions (June 9, 2012). ISPIM Annual Conference 2012, Barcelona, Spain. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2080448

    Research areas

  • Environmental scanning, futures research, peripheral vision, strategic foresight, corporate foresight, dynamic capabilities, organizational ambidexterity, organizational adaptation

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