Int. J. of Foresight and Innovation Policy   »   2011 Vol.7, No.4



Title: Scope and design issues in foresight support systems


Author: Victor A. Banuls, Jose L. Salmeron


Pablo de Olavide University, Carretera de Utreta km 1 – 41013, Sevilla, Spain.
Pablo de Olavide University, Carretera de Utreta km 1 – 41013, Sevilla, Spain


Abstract: The general rationale for conducting Foresight studies is to reduce uncertainty, for instance, by providing information in the form of scenarios, critical technology lists, priorities and recommendations for action. Such initiatives, aside from their discrete outputs, also tend to foster process benefits, which can include increased networking and coordination among actors. We propose Foresight Support Systems (FSSs) as collaborative computer-based systems aimed at supporting: communication; decision modelling; rules of order in foresight processes. The relevance of the authors' proposal arises from the growing necessity in Foresight for instruments that allow researchers and practitioners to innovate by means of an intensive use of Information Technology (IT). Issues such as the scope, the features, users and components of FSS are discussed.


Keywords: FSSs; foresight support systems; strategic decision making; group decision support systems; future studies; information technology; communication; decision modelling.


DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2011.043023


Int. J. of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2011 Vol.7, No.4, pp.338 - 351


Available online: 11 Oct 2011



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