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Cross-Impact Balances (CIB) for Scenario Analysis

Fundamentals and Implementation

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  • Presents a scenario method which is increasingly used in research and practice
  • Offers insights into the application and methodological aspects of CIB
  • Provides assistance for practical application through various case studies

Part of the book series: Contributions to Management Science (MANAGEMENT SC.)

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Cross-Impact Balances (CIB) is a method frequently used for research, in companies and in administrations for the systematic construction of qualitative scenarios. This book introduces the fundamentals of the method and uses a clear step-by-step example to explain how scenarios can be constructed with CIB. It describes possible problems in applying the method and offers help for various use cases. It includes a detailed discussion of the design decisions that shape a CIB application and the methods that can be used to collect the necessary data. The application examples presented provide a first impression of the possibilities of the method. A discussion of the strengths and limitations of the method offers guidance on the use cases in which CIB can be profitably applied. The book is valuable for researchers and practitioners in the field of scenario analysis.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • ZIRIUS, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

    Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle

About the author

Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle is head of the CIB-Lab at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has been researching and lecturing in the field of scenario methodology for more than 25 years and is the originator of the Cross-Impact Balances (CIB) method, which is meanwhile an internationally established and widely used method for the creation of qualitative scenarios on energy, water, health, and other areas. Dr. Weimer-Jehle has developed the ScenarioWizard software, which is today the standard tool for applying the CIB method.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cross-Impact Balances (CIB) for Scenario Analysis

  • Book Subtitle: Fundamentals and Implementation

  • Authors: Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle

  • Series Title: Contributions to Management Science

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-27229-5Published: 03 May 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-27232-5Published: 04 May 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-27230-1Published: 02 May 2023

  • Series ISSN: 1431-1941

  • Series E-ISSN: 2197-716X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 272

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations, 138 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Business Strategy/Leadership, Energy Policy, Economics and Management, Environmental Management

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