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Futures Thinking and Organizational Policy

Case Studies for Managing Rapid Change in Technology, Globalization and Workforce Diversity

Editors: Schreiber, Deborah A., Berge, Zane L. (Eds.)

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  • First book that can serve as main text for courses dealing with future-oriented leadership
  • Specifies how to sustain effective foresight methodologies that will spell success for futures thinking organizations
  • Offers a matrix for successfully building a future-thinking organization
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About this book

This book proposes that organizational policies are what ensure the institutionalization and sustainability of futures thinking in organizations. It presents several case studies from corporations and other institutions that describe effective use of foresight methods and internal policies to respond to rapid change. The case studies address changing trends in technology, globalization and/or workforce diversity, and the impact on the economic and political well-being of the organization. The editors also develop an organizational capability maturity model for futures thinking as well as providing questions for discussion that promote critical review of each case chapter. This book will inform scholars and organizational leaders how best to utilize foresight methodologies and organizational policies to sustain successful management strategies within futures thinking organizations.

Chapter 9 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

About the authors

Deborah A. Schreiber is Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne, USA. Dr. Schreiber has been honored with the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Distinguished Scholarship for her book Distance Training: How Innovative Organizations are Using Technology to Maximize Learning and Meet Business Objectives.

Zane L. Berge is Professor and former Director of the Training Systems graduate programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Berge was founder and director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, Georgetown University, Washington DC.

Reviews

“In a world marked by increased complexity and non-predictability, the use of futures within corporations is more important than ever. Schreiber and Berge’s (editors) book is an excellent contribution to both practical and conceptual discussions on how and why organizations need foresight and futures thinking. This book represents a unique presentation of highly interesting cases around the globe. For those of you who are interested in how to use futures within organizational policy building, this book is an outstanding contribution to the field and comes high on the “must-read” list.” (Dr. Erik F. Øverland, President World Futures Studies Federation, WFSF) 

“Simply the best contemporary collection of best practices and international case studies on futures thinking in organisations. Must-read for all who want to institutionalise foresight practices.” (Rene Rohrbeck, Professor and Leading Industry Expert, Aarhus University)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Introduction to Futures Thinking in Organizations

    Pages 3-34

    Schreiber, Deborah A.

  • Organizational Capability Model for Futures Thinking

    Pages 35-53

    Schreiber, Deborah A.

  • Foresight, Organization Policies and Management Strategies in Electric Vehicle Technology Advances at Tesla

    Pages 57-69

    Akakpo, Alfred (et al.)

  • Defending the Delta: Practices of Foresight at Dutch Infrastructure Providers

    Pages 71-90

    Duin, Patrick (et al.)

  • Foresight as a Facilitator for Innovative Capability and Organizational Adaptability: Insights from a Family Firm in the HVAC Industry

    Pages 91-111

    Jahn, Reimo (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94923-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94922-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Futures Thinking and Organizational Policy
Book Subtitle
Case Studies for Managing Rapid Change in Technology, Globalization and Workforce Diversity
Editors
  • Deborah A. Schreiber
  • Zane L. Berge
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94923-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94923-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94922-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 416
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour
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