Managing the Future: Foresight in the Knowledge Economy by Haridimos Tsoukas, Jill Shepherd

By Haridimos Tsoukas, Jill Shepherd

During this booklet, top authors discover ways that enterprises can enhance their skill to regulate the future.An exploration of the ways that companies can improve their skill to regulate the long run. involves ten papers written by way of authors from either side of the Atlantic and from Asia, all of whom are wonderful students within the fields of technique or organizational studying. Addresses key questions about how organizational foresight will be conceptualized and constructed, and the level to which it really is attainable. The papers are prefaced via a foreword from Spyros Makridakis and an advent from the editors. is helping to form a brand new learn time table, and so may be of curiosity to lecturers, in addition to to scholars and practitioners.

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To shift our attention away from focal awareness we must first appreciate that such an emphasis derives from a dominant binary logic of ‘‘state’’ which privileges clarity, stability, linearity, and outcomes. This preoccupation with form and figure prevents us from engaging in the much more messy and ambiguous character of event-happenings in the real world. What is needed in the place of state logic is a nomadic logic that encourages us to scatter our attention and to resist any attempts at premature definition or closure.

That is the true nature of foresight and the ‘‘sixth sense’’ that van der Heidjen et al. (2002) allude to in their most recent book. The fact that we can generate multiple alternative perspectives or scenarios does not necessarily mean an abandoning of any attempt to predict the future as is sometimes claimed (Schwartz, 2002). Rather the real purpose of exercising intellectual agility is to allow us to see past the various perspectives generated to the underlying hidden order and hence to productively foresee how events are likely to unfold.

The other is open, dispersive, and opportunity seeking. One is rational the other a creative search. State logic orders the relentless flow of crude and inarticulate experiences into readily identifiable finite units in order to control and manipulate them to its advantage. It is preoccupied with positions, fixities, and stable relations. It relies upon a precise logic of focused attention, clear judgement, structured reasoning, and controlled action. Nomadic logic, on the other hand, is that which dwells in the undifferentiated and pre-linguistic stream of experience and resists all premature attempts to translate such experience into secondary structured forms.

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