Title: Incentives in technology foresight

Authors: Ahti A. Salo

Addresses: Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, 02015 HUT, Finland

Abstract: Technology foresight typically engages the stakeholders in an open and constructive discussion about S&T driven opportunities. This, in turn, requires that the stakeholders are motivated and recognise the benefits that the foresight exercise offers to them. In this paper, we consider the role of incentives as determinants of motivation and, specifically, we argue that explicit recognition of incentives may contribute to the design of a foresight process that fosters active participation and collaboration. The arguments are illustrated in the light of a recent sectoral foresight study for the Finnish Food and Drink Industries| Federation.

Keywords: technology foresight; technology management; knowledge management; decision analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2001.002944

International Journal of Technology Management, 2001 Vol.21 No.7/8, pp.694-710

Available online: 26 Jun 2003 *

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