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Defending the Delta: Practices of Foresight at Dutch Infrastructure Providers

  • Patrick van der Duin
  • Andreas Ligtvoet
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Abstract

Given the longtime horizons of investments and strategic decisions among Dutch infrastructure providers, the future is a very relevant topic to all of them. The purpose of this chapter is to describe how these organizations practice foresight. It turns out that the way these organizations carry out foresight can vary. Some organizations use scenario thinking, others rely more on quantitative methods for data analysis. Some start their foresight process by analyzing problems, while others are more vision-driven. External development on the future of infrastructures is significant, and all infrastructure providers have increased their focus on the relationship between their business and societal context. In addition to their foresight activities, infrastructure providers also prepare themselves for uncertain futures by making their organization more flexible, which has a positive impact on their strategic adaptivity.

Keywords

Foresight Scenario-building Infrastructures Organizational partnerships Organizational management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Netherlands Study Center for Technology TrendsThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Technopolis GroupAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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