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Title: Coping with a fast-changing world: towards new systems of future-oriented technology analysis
Authors : Weber, K. Matthias
Cassingena Harper, Jennifer
Könnölä, Totti
Carabias-Hütter, Vicente
Published in : Science and Public Policy
Volume(Issue) : 39
Issue : 2
Pages : 153
Pages to: 165
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2012
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Future-oriented technology analysis; Disruption; Institutionalisation
Subject (DDC) : 303: Social processes
Abstract: Transformations linked to disruptive events are causing a shift in future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) activities from individual large-scale foresight actions to smaller in-house exercises and capacity building. The reasons are manifold relating to the need for an even tighter embedding of FTA in policy-making in a fast-changing complex environment as well as to internal drivers for novel forms of future intelligence to support coordinated and coherent decisions within and across organisations. This paper identifies three ideal types: external FTA services, the institutionalisation of FTA, and FTA networks, whilst recognising that in practice these types are complementary. In empirical terms this requires further investigation, in order to understand how different combinations of activities actually operate in their respective decision-making contexts. It is important to improve our understanding of how far institutionalised FTA can form part of customised solutions for building capacity to handle disruptions.
Further description : Erworben im Rahmen der Schweizer Nationallizenzen (
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Sustainable Development (INE)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1093/scipol/scs012
ISSN: 0302-3427
Published as part of the ZHAW project : IFA International Foresight Academy
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