paper presented at the Foresight Summit, 27 September 2007, Budapest
5 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015
Date Written: Sept 2007
Decision-makers, experts and laymen in different historical periods and in different socio-economic systems shared at least one desire: to know their future in advance or even to influence it for their advantage. They have used very different approaches and methods from spiritual/religious ones to scientific investigations and various modes of planning. This paper is aimed at characterising foresight, first by locating this approach among the various approaches to future-oriented analyses, and then by identifying three types foresight programmes.
Keywords: Technology foresight, Future-oriented analyses, Forward-looking activities, Forecasting, Strategy setting processes
JEL Classification: B52, O30, O38
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