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

David Sarpong, Mairi Maclean, Elizabeth Alexander

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalFutures
Volume53
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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