Foresight for European Coordination: Developing National Priorities for the Forest Based Sector Technology Platform

Totti Könnölä, Ahti Salo, Ville Brummer

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Abstract

Although foresight is becoming increasingly relevant at the international level, little methodological attention has been given to the challenges that arise from the geographical dispersion of participants or the consideration of their national and regional idiosyncrasies. In this paper, we address these challenges in connection with coordination tools for the "Open Method of Coordination" - most notably ERA-NETs and European Technology Platforms - which are facilitated by European Commission with the aim of contributing to the establishment of the European Research Area. Specifically, we argue that the successful management of these tools calls for multi-stakeholder processes which put particular demands such as scalability, modularity and dependability on the design and deployment of foresight methodologies. We also report experiences from a recent foresight process that was conducted in Finland to support the development of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform. This process was based on the RPM Screening methodol-ogy which consisted of the Internet-based solicitation and assessment of research themes, identification of promising research themes through Robust Portfolio Model-ing (RPM), and a series of participatory workshops where the results of multi-criteria analyses were discussed. The encouraging results from this process and the broader potential of Internet-based decision support systems are discussed in view of Euro-pean coordination tools.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
Issue numberSpecial issue on technology foresight
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • foresight
  • innovation policy
  • forestry
  • forest industry
  • multicriteria decision making
  • portfolio modelling
  • open method of co-ordination
  • technology platform

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