Introduction to Futures Thinking in Organizations

  • Deborah A. Schreiber


This chapter reviews the evolution of futures thinking within organizations, beginning with strategic planning and followed by the use of foresight methodologies. The impact of convergent/divergent thinking and sensemaking as related to strategic and corporate foresight is also discussed, as well as, emerging new roles for employees, managers, and the organization itself in support of successful foresight efforts. Finally, a number of barriers exist which may interfere with an organization’s evolution from use of foresight to full futures thinking capability. The closing section of this chapter describes these potential constraints.


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  • Deborah A. Schreiber
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  1. 1.University of La VerneLa VerneUSA

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