Environmental Scanning, Futures Research, Strategic Foresight and Organizational Future Orientation: A Review, Integration, and Future Research Directions

ISPIM Annual Conference 2012, Barcelona, Spain

14 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2012

See all articles by René Rohrbeck

René Rohrbeck

EDHEC Business School

Manuel Bade

University of Kiel

Date Written: June 9, 2012

Abstract

In this paper we explore the current understanding on how firms explore future changes and trends as well as plan their managerial responses. We review literature in four research streams: (1) environmental scanning, (2) futures research, (3) peripheral vision, and (4) corporate/strategic foresight. Through the analysis of more than 250 articles we (a) trace the evolution over time, (b) highlight the linkages between the different research streams, and (c) give recommendations for future research. Overall we call for more cross-fertilization of the different research streams and a stronger linkage to adjacent research disciplines. Through such integration and linkage research should produce better recommendations for managers on how to build an organizational future orientation, drive organizational adaptation, and make their firms robust towards external discontinuous change.

Keywords: Environmental scanning, futures research, peripheral vision, strategic foresight, corporate foresight, dynamic capabilities, organizational ambidexterity, organizational adaptation

JEL Classification: E17, M1, M19

Suggested Citation

Rohrbeck, René and Bade, Manuel, Environmental Scanning, Futures Research, Strategic Foresight and Organizational Future Orientation: A Review, Integration, and Future Research Directions (June 9, 2012). ISPIM Annual Conference 2012, Barcelona, Spain. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2080448

René Rohrbeck (Contact Author)

EDHEC Business School ( email )

France

HOME PAGE: http://edhec.edu

Manuel Bade

University of Kiel ( email )

Olshausenstr. 40
D-24118 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein 24118
Germany

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