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Innovative Classification of Technology Foresight Methods
Innovative Classification of Technology Foresight Methods

Author(s): Andrzej Magruk
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Keywords: technology foresight; research methodology; cluster analysis; classification; typology

Summary/Abstract: Since the end of the twentieth century there is a noticeable worldwide paradigm shift in future studies which are so far based mainly on statistical methods. The development of a social, not only a strictly scientific vision of the future has become crucial. It appears that the biggest role in this context played technology foresight programs (whose origins go back even to the 70's), integrating traditional methods of forecasting as well as those derived from the social sciences, economics, management science, etc. The paper presents a rich collection of foresight methods identified by the author, a general outline and characteristics of various types of methods, and an innovative classification of technology foresight research methods. Because of the huge complexity of the approach to technological foresight and its further evolution, the ability to classify and identify the typology of methods may be necessary for an orderly and rational way of structuring foresight projects.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 700-715
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English