Title: FTA break new ground in response to grand challenges
Authors : Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
De Smedt, Peter
Teichler, Thomas
Published in : Foresight
Volume(Issue) : 14
Issue : 4
Pages : 279
Pages to: 281
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Emerald
Issue Date: 2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : German
Subjects : Future‐oriented technology analysis; FTA; Grand challenge; Forward looking activity
Subject (DDC) : 338.927: Environmental economics and sustainable development
Abstract: Purpose This guest editorial aims at demonstrating the diversity of application fields in which FTA methods are being used and to offer a glimpse onto possible consequences that grand challenges may imply for the development of FTA. Design/Methodology/Approach This introductory paper provides an overview of selected FTA 2011 conference contributions for this special issue. Findings FTA approaches create spaces where an effective dialogue between key players in different policy domains facilitates vision-building and consensus-building for engineering major processes of transformation. Therefore, sound approaches of futures thinking will help to better address the grand challenges. Research limitations/implications (if applicable) From a large set of excellent papers presented at the FTA 2011 conference, only a restricted number of papers could be included in this special issue highlighting the broad diversity of FTA application fields in response to grand challenges. Practical implications (if applicable) FTA can contribute not only to the steering of diverse innovation systems, but also to their adjustment, adaptability and ability to shape responses to grand challenges. Social implications (if applicable) The papers of this special issue point to the need for FTA to take into account user perspectives and to shape the social context. Originality/Value This special issue brings together the following papers which explore not only the opportunities and limitations of implementing FTA methods in a variety of policy domains but also their benefits in enabling a better understanding of complex systems which interact in each situation and in defining effective policy responses.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.1108/14636681211256062
ISSN: 1463-6689
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15566
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