Imagine if you could look into the future. How different would your decisions be? This course is designed to help you begin this process.

This introductory course provides students with an overview of strategic foresight and makes a distinction and relationship between strategic planning and strategic foresight.

The students will gain practical experience using one foresight tool to illuminate the future of their sector and help them make decisions about what courses of action to pursue to exploit innovation and future opportunities that may not always be evident.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand strategic foresight’s key components

  • Create new and innovative solutions to problems that may result in organizational transformation

  • Provide students with practical experience using a foresight tool to illuminate the future of their sector and chart the course to innovation and robust decision-making capabilities

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome

    1. Introduction

    2. Learning Objectives

    3. Course Outline Day 1

    4. Roadmap

    5. Leadership Value

    6. Key Terms and Definitions

    7. Student Aids and Handouts - Future's Wheel

    1. Reflections

    1. Introduction

    2. Learning Objectives.

    3. Course Outline Day 2

    4. Roadmap

    5. Leadership Value

    6. Student Aids and Handouts - STEEP/LE

    1. Course Feedback

  • What you will learn.

    The course will introduce you to the process of strategic foresight. Specifically, you will gain an understanding of how leaders can explore plausible futures, in addition to learning (and putting into practice) one critical thinking foresight tool.

  • Why do you want to learn it?

    Change happens and our business models (and ways of doing business) become quickly antiquated. Wouldn’t it be most beneficial and profitable if we could think of change ahead of its exponential curve? Leaders could then position themselves and their organization at the peak of innovation and take advantage of opportunities while others struggle.

  • How it will help you.

    Leaders need vision, but how can they say to have a vision if they cannot see ahead. Learning the foresight process and tools will help you see beyond what others can see, making you future-ready. In turn, you will be more able to anticipate, mobilize, and manage resources and innovation efficiently.

Target Audience

  • Managers (first-line supervisors to senior executives) who are seeking new ways to expand their strategic thinking and strategic planning skills. This is an introductory course for those new to foresight methods.