Coping with a fast-changing world: Towards new systems of future-oriented technology analysis

Karl Matthias Weber, Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Totti Könnölä, Vicente Carabias

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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.
Seiten (von - bis)153-165
FachzeitschriftScience and Public Policy
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2012

Research Field

  • Ehemaliges Research Field - Innovation Systems and Policy


  • future-oriented technology analysis; disruptions; institutionalisation


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