The paper discusses foresight as a dynamic strategic practice and theorises the connections of foresight and strategic management. The paper argues that organisations have a rising need to foster relevant future-oriented knowledge in a continuous process that builds on the systemic understanding of the operational environment. For this purpose, the paper outlines a conceptual framework for continuous organisational foresight practice. The framework is based on two conceptual bedrocks. The first is the idea of continuity, referring to the long-term accumulation of organisational practices. The second bedrock is the notion of discontinuity as an organisational transformation factor. Furthermore, the framework builds on the notion of four knowledge spaces in an organisation, and it is constructed through six layers depicted in detail. The paper demonstrates this framework through a case study of a Finnish research and technology organisation, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
- future-oriented strategy element
- Futures knowledge
- knowledge space
- research and technology organisation
Ahlqvist, T., & Kohl, J. (2016). Constructing and mobilising futures knowledge in an organisation: foresight as a catalyst of dynamic strategic practice. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 28(10), 1138-1151. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2016.1182148