Calls for papers


International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy


Special Issue on: "Application of Foresight Process on Innovation Strategy Planning"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Daisuke Kanama, Hokkaido Information University, Japan
Dr. Yuko Ito, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan

By the first half of the 1990s, national foresight exercises were launched in most of the OECD members which are classified industrial countries. They may have varied economic and social conditions and technological progress, leading to their requirements regarding various foresight exercises. Some developing countries in Asia and South America also conducted national foresight in the 1990s. Through these activities, countries have considered development of new foresight covering their various needs. The foresight methods could differ depending on the survey scope – nationwide or regional, on time span and on target discipline.

This special issue focuses on the application of foresight process to innovation strategy planning. Researchers and business managers have discussed how to develop foresight methodology or the framework, but have not discussed enough how to apply foresight to innovation strategy planning and to integrate the foresight process with innovation strategy.

Recently, the meaning of foresight has changed rapidly as the world experienced fast globalization and intensifying international competition. As uncertainties about the social realization of science and technology increased in line with intensifying industrial and economic competition, foresight should cover establishment of different visions of the ideal future for communities, economic organizations or governments in addition to the selection and prioritization of technologies and future predictions/estimates for strategic policy planning. Under a growing recognition that future economic and social benefits would stem from fusion or cooperation of different disciplines and development of innovative technologies covering increasing social needs, foresight has also begun to play a role as a learning tool linking a variety of disciplines.

More concretely, what types and/or scopes of methodological applications of foresight have been performed so far? This special issue calls for papers on case studies and methodological studies of foresight applications on national, regional and firm level, aiming to accumulate and enhance knowledge and skills of foresight applications to be able to implement more effective foresight projects.

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Case studies of foresight application at national, regional and firm level
  • Generation and utilisation of new foresight methodologies
  • Relations between strategy planning and foresight
  • Impact of foresight on innovation strategy planning
  • Contribution of foresight knowledge to national, regional and firm innovation strategies
  • Context dependency and transferability of foresight methodologies
  • Methodological differences between foresight process
  • International and intranational cooperation to learn how to apply foresight methodologies on strategy building
  • Stimulation of knowledge-based strategy planning
  • Methodological aspects on each specific technology field
  • Implementation of foresight projects on environment, lifescience, energy and ICT fields
  • Role of foresight in regulation management
  • Influence of foresight results on R&D experts
  • Application of foresight on innovation policies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 30 April, 2011