Future-Oriented Technology Analysis

Strategic Intelligence for an Innovative Economy

  • Cristiano Cagnin
  • Michael Keenan
  • Ron Johnston
  • Fabiana Scapolo
  • Rémi Barré

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About this book


The application of foresight to address the challenges of uncertainty and rapid change has grown dramatically in the past decade. In that period, the techniques have been greatly refined and the scope has been broadened to encompass future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) and more recently, the concept and practice of strategic intelligence.

FTA addresses directly the longer-term future through the active and continuous development of visions, and pathways to realise these visions. It is increasingly seen as a valuable management and policy tool complementing, and extending further into the future, classical strategy, planning, and decision-making approaches.

This book charts the development of FTA and provides the first coherent description and analysis of its practical application and impact in the worlds of business, government, education and research in both advanced and developing countries. It draws on papers addressing the application of FTA around the globe which were presented at the Second International Seville Seminar in September 2006.

The insights and practical experience will be invaluable for company managers, government ministers and officials, researchers and academics with responsibilities for effective planning and decision-making in an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable world.


Assessment Business Decision-making Foresight Innovation Policy Technology calculus planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Cristiano Cagnin
    • 1
  • Michael Keenan
    • 2
  • Ron Johnston
    • 3
  • Fabiana Scapolo
    • 4
  • Rémi Barré
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for Prospective Technological StudiesEuropean Commission Joint Research CentreSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (PREST) Manchester Business School MBS Harold HankinsThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  3. 3.Australian Centre for Innovation Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of SydneyDarlingtonAustralia
  4. 4.SDME 10/78European Commission Joint Research CentreBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Direction Générale de la Recherche et de L’Innovation Départment des Etudes et de la ProspectiveMinistère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la RechercheParis cedex 05France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-68809-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-68811-2
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