Complex Networks and Dynamic Systems

Recent Developments in Foresight Methodologies

Editors: Giaoutzi, Maria, Sapio, Bartolomeo (Eds.)

  • ​Brings the entire field of Foresight Methodology up to date
  • Provides a major step forward in standardizing Foresight research methods
  • Spans the fields of network science, regional science, management science, and futures studies
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Foresight is an area within Futures Studies that focuses on critical thinking concerning long term developments, whether within the public sector or in industry and management, and is something of a sub-section of complexity and network science. This book examines developments in foresight methodologies and relates in its greater part to the work done in the context of the COSTA22 network of the EU on Foresight Methodologies. Foresight is a professional practice that supports significant decisions, and as such it needs to be more assured of its claims to knowledge (methodology). Foresight is practiced across many domains and is not the preserve of specialized ‘futurists’, or indeed of foresight specialists. However, the disciplines of foresight are not well articulated or disseminated across domains, leading to re-inventions and practice that does not make best use of experience in other domains.

The methodological development of foresight is an important task that aims at strengthening the pool of the tools available for application, thereby empowering the actors involved in foresight practice. Elaborating further on methodological issues, such as those presented in the present book, enables the actors involved in foresight to begin to critique current practice from this perspective and, thirdly, to begin to design foresight practice. The present trends towards methodological concerns indicates a move from ‘given’ expert-predicted futures to one in which futures are nurtured through a dialogue among “stakeholders.” The book has four parts, each elaborating on a set of aspects of foresight methodologies. After an introductory section, Part II considers theorizing about foresight methodologies. Part III covers system content issues, and Part IV presents foresight tools and approaches.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • In Search of Foresight Methodologies: Riddle or Necessity

    Giaoutzi, Maria (et al.)

    Pages 3-9

  • Defining the Future: Concepts and Definitions as Linguistic Fundamentals of Foresight

    Helm, Ruud

    Pages 13-25

  • Classification of Tools and Approaches Applicable in Foresight Studies

    Karlsen, Jan Erik (et al.)

    Pages 27-52

  • Bridging Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Foresight

    Lüdeke, Matthias K. B.

    Pages 53-65

  • New Emerging Issues and Wild Cards as Future Shakers and Shapers

    Rij, Victor

    Pages 67-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Recent Developments in Foresight Methodologies
Editors
  • Maria Giaoutzi
  • Bartolomeo Sapio
Series Title
Complex Networks and Dynamic Systems
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5215-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5215-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5214-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-7373-3
Series ISSN
2195-724X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 310
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