Objectives

The way in which social developments and technology/market trends can be identified and analyzed will be outlined.

Contents

  • Definition of foresight and futures research
  • Examples of future studies and trends
  • Discussion of the relevance of foresight processes in the context of the national innovation system and for different actors
  • Clarification of foresight processes
  • Description of the use and application of methods and combination of methods, search techniques, methods of qualitative and quantitative empirical social research, creativity techniques and bibliome-try/patent analyses in foresight processes
  • Description of the organization and institutionalization of foresight processes

The module defines foresight and futures research and shows examples of futures studies as well as social, market and technological trends. Furthermore, the relevance of foresight processes in the context of the na-tional innovation system and for different actors will be discussed to illustrate and classify foresight processes. The use and application of methods and combinations of methods, search techniques, methods of qualitative and quantitative empirical social research, creativity techniques and bibliometry/patent analysis in foresight processes will be shown and complements the previous classification of foresight processes. Subsequently a model of organization and institutionalization of foresight processes will be introduced.

 

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