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Under conditions of constantly growing volatility and ambiguity, competitive advantage goes to those who best deduce the forces acting on their industry and who most capably adapt to profit from them.
The Strategic Foresight in Business Management program is a comprehensive introduction to the approaches and tools of strategic foresight.
Based on scientific approaches to foresight and scenario work, the program equips you with skills to create a vision for an organization and implement a continuous foresight-based strategy process.
During the program, you will learn to utilize the foresight tools in strategy work and create scenarios and act based on them. Learning is complemented by facilitated group work around business cases and real-world examples. Foresight tools are practiced one at a time, and as a result, you will be equipped with skills to create a vision for an organization and tools to build and implement a continuous foresight-based strategy process. By attending this program, you will be able to:
By attending this program, you will be able to:
100% of the participants recommend the program
The Strategic Foresight in Business Management program truly provides a new way of looking at strategy work and teaches practical tools.
You will learn together with a group of professionals from esteemed organizations and the Aalto Executive MBA program.
After the program, you will be skilled in creating a vision for your organization and are equipped with tools to build and implement a continuous foresight-based strategy process.
In this webinar recording, Dr. Sami Itani, Professor of Practice at Aalto University School of Business, addresses the megatrends and current phenomena in business and work, and how they reflect management work in contemporary organizations.
This program illustrates, with real-world examples, group work, and guest speakers, how to develop a foresight perspective to make better strategic decisions. Your organization’s strategy will become a continuous process instead of a static document by using foresight tools and scenarios.
The Strategic Foresight in Business Management program is designed for senior executives and managers responsible for strategic decision-making and direction-setting in their company, business, or division.
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The program incorporates interactive workshop-style lectures, group work, and guest speakers, blending analytical models with worked examples and real-world situations.
Based on theory, it is decidedly pragmatic in style and approach, selecting the best materials and solutions from both academic and business sources.
Dr. Mikko Dufva is Sitra’s leading foresight specialist. In his work, he examines future trends, the tensions between these trends, and mental images connected with the future. In addition, he teaches futures studies at Aalto University.
Dufva seeks to identify signals that may be weak now but are nevertheless significant from the point of view of the future. Before moving to Sitra Mikko Dufva was a researcher at the foresight team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He worked on foresight projects on e.g. forestry, mining, synthetic biology, renewable energy, future of work, and platform economy. Dufva has extensive experience in the theory and practice of foresight. His thesis about knowledge creation in foresight and systemic foresight won the Foresight act of the year award in 2016.
Dufva has acted as a guest editor of the journal Futura and as the chairman of the Finnish Society for Futures studies in 2018 - 2019. He is a popular speaker with over 50 presentations a year on e.g. futures thinking, foresight, megatrends, and weak signals.
Dr. Antti-Jussi Tahvanainen is the Manager of Innovation Policy at Finnish Forest Industries Federations, VP Ecosystem Strategy at Corymbus Asset Management Ltd, and the founder of Oraklon.
Dr. Tahvanainen is an expert in assessing the competitiveness and investibility of emerging industries and analyzes the role of technology in economic renewal, and the capabilities of firms to capture value and determines the appropriate financial vehicles for their growth. He helps executives in generating co-creative foresight for their endeavors in user-driven innovation and business renewal.
At Stanford University, he has co-authored the Playbook for Strategic Foresight and Innovation, a set of practical ideation tools inspired by DARPA.
Dr. Tahvanainen wields a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management with a focus on International Strategy as well as an M.Sc. in Technology Management from Aalto University.