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Organizing strategic foresight: A contextual practice of 'way finding'

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mairi Maclean


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Strategic foresight as a derived outcome of corporate foresight exercises has led to the dominant discourse on strategic foresight as an episodic intervention encompassing a proliferation of organizational foresight methodologies. We argue that such an approach is flawed, consigning strategic foresight to a narrow function in a planning perspective. To move the field into more fertile pastures for research, we draw on the practice theoretical lens to provide an alternative viewpoint on strategic foresight as a bundle of everyday organizing practices. In keeping with the practice approach to strategic foresight, we delineate strategic foresight as a continuous and contextual practice of ‘wayfinding’, that manifest in everyday situated organizing. We offer an integrating framework that contributes to the ongoing discussions about alternative approaches to theorizing strategic foresight.

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Author(s): Sarpong D, Maclean M, Alexander E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Futures

Year: 2013

Volume: 53

Pages: 33-41

Online publication date: 19/09/2013

ISSN (print): 0016-3287

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6378

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2013.09.001


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