Disentangling strategic foresight? A critical analysis of the term building on the pioneering work of Richard Slaughter

van der Laan, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2275-8974 (2021) Disentangling strategic foresight? A critical analysis of the term building on the pioneering work of Richard Slaughter. Futures, 132:102782. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0016-3287


Abstract

The use of the term 'Strategic Foresight' is broad and prolific in current academic discourse. With a growth in its use, confusion as to the definition and application of the concept has emerged. This paper seeks to disentangle the sometimes contradictory and misapplied usage of the term. Research into the definition, nature and measurement of strategic foresight is scarce. However, its use as a descriptive term is widespread and abundant.The paper seeks to distill key insights as they relate to the term based on an interpretation of Richard Slaughter’s earlier works in the context of more recent publications. It found that the term has been described as an individual ability, a process or activity. The paper concludes by proposing a definition and conceptual model of strategic foresight. The paper also describes the significant influence of Slaughter's work on the work of the author.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 02:08
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic foresight; strategy; Foresight; strategic foresight framework; definition
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350799 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350718 Strategy
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390115 Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102782
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42299

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