Technology Analysis & Strategic Management Special issue call for papers: Corporate foresight and innovation management

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Тезисы до: 30.09.2016

Даты: 30.09.16 — 30.09.16

Область наук: Экономические;

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Организаторы: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management


Many organizations now support and conduct corporate foresight exercises. Developed and advertised by consultants as a strategic process of handling the effect and response uncertainty of technology and social drivers of change (Rohrbeck and Gemünden, 2011; Vecchiato and Roveda, 2010), organizations are frequently called upon to integrate these exercises into their organisational processes. While it is widely acknowledged that the link between cause and effect is often elusive, the foresight literature has striven to establish a positive relationship between corporate foresight and innovation (Anderson et al., 2004; Gracht, et al., 2010; Rameriz, et al. 2011). Those that do not directly report this causal link often identify flexible organizational outcomes such as ambidexterity, adaptive learning, and visioning whose derived theoretical and managerial implications could promote new product development and technology foresight in fast-velocity environments (Canongia, 2004; Major and Cordy-Hayes, 2000; Ruff, 2014).

Recurrent theme of recent theory has therefore increasingly focused on how these episodic exercises’ could be leveraged to better predict the potential of emerging technologies and existing technological trajectories (Battistella and De Toni, 2011; Vishnevskiy et al., 2014; Webster, 1999). However, this emerging paradigm has come to represent something of a conundrum. On one hand, scholars explicitly or tacitly agree with the validity of these ‘factual’ claims. Yet, as observed by Rohrbeck and Gemünden (2011), those who have attempted to examine this causal link frequently struggle to show exactly when and how corporate foresight exercises could lead to innovation.  Moreover, the appropriateness of corporate foresight exercises in stimulating radical and disruptive innovations are often sidestepped due to the theoretical and methodological complexities involved in mapping the tasks, connections, architectures, and contribution of corporate foresight to the innovation process (Georghiouand Cassingena Harper, 2011; van der Duin and den Hartigh , 2009)

The purpose of this special issue, therefore, is to examine the limits and potentialities for corporate foresight exercises as an imperative to innovation, and their relevance, interactive effects, and contribution to innovation management. Empirical, qualitative, and quantitative contributions are invited.

Possible topics for essays and papers include but are not limited to:

    Organizational and institutional antecedents that enable (or impede) the creative emergence of innovation from corporate foresight exercises
    Processes through which organizations develop strategic foresight to sustain innovation in  stable and high-velocity environments
    How corporate foresight exercises can be leveraged to determine technology futures
    How corporate foresight exercises can be integrated into organizational processes such as strategy to stimulate innovation
    How to implement the outcomes of innovation foresight exercises
    How to combine new product and service development methods with strategic foresight exercises
    Contribution of corporate foresight in mobilizing differential visions for new product development
    Role of corporate foresight in mobilizing anticipatory intelligence for deciding on competing and alternative technological pathways
    Extent to which corporate foresight exercises can contribute to analyzing disruptive innovations
    How to measure the return-on-foresight in an organization and how to develop foresight capabilities in sustainable ways.

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