Supplemental Learning Materials

  • Deborah A. Schreiber


Described in this chapter are supplemental materials for professional development. Three training activities are presented, including: (1) open-ended discussion questions for each case study, (2) assessment of organizational readiness for futures thinking, and (3) examination of organizational futures orientation (OFO), which is determined by the alignment of organizational structure and function to processes and characteristics related to futures thinking. Each experience is intended to help the reader increase their knowledge and skill for foresight and organizational policy to facilitate and sustain, respectively, futures thinking in companies and other institutions. These activities are designed to be customized to one’s own organization, and may be completed in any order (however, each experience builds upon previous learnings).


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  2. Helfrich, C. D., Li, Y.-F., Sharp, N. D., & Sales, A. E. (2009). Organizational readiness to change assessment (ORCA): Development of an instrument based on the Promoting Action on Research in Health Services (PARIHS) framework. Implementation Science, 4, 38.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Inayatullah, S. (2007). Six pillars: Futures thinking for transforming. Foresight, 10(1), 4–21. Retrieved from:;jsessionid=1CAAFBE7D7B8E3D5FB733BF67192AA64?doi= Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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