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Reports Outline Futures Study Results from P. van der Duin et al

June 28, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- Research findings on Futures are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Berlin, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Along with the rise of the now popular 'open' paradigm in innovation management, networks have become a common approach to practicing innovation. Foresight could potentially greatly benefit from resources that become available when the knowledge base increases through networks."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research, "This article seeks to investigate how innovation networks and foresight are related, to what extent networked foresight activities exist and how they are practiced. For the former the Cyclic Innovation Model (CIM) is utilized as analytical framework and applied to three cases. The foresight activities are analyzed in terms of type, scope and role. The cases are a collaboration between government agencies and a research organization and two inter-organizational networks of different size. 'Networked foresight' is clearly observable in all three cases. Indeed, a networked approach to foresight seems to strengthen the various roles of foresight. However, the rooting and openness of foresight activities in the three networks varies significantly. The advantages that 'networked foresight' entails could be exploited to a much higher degree for the networks themselves, e.g., the broad resource base and the large pool of people with diverse backgrounds that are available."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Furthermore, effective instruments for the reintegration of knowledge into the networks' partner organizations are needed."

For more information on this research see: Toward networked foresight? Exploring the use of futures research in innovation networks. Futures, 2014;59():62-78. Futures can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier -; Futures -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. van der Duin, EICT GmbH, D-10587 Berlin, Germany. Additional authors for this research include T. Heger and M.D. Schlesinger.

Keywords for this news article include: Berlin, Europe, Germany, Futures

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