Scenarios for Success: Turning Insights into action / Edition 1

Scenarios for Success: Turning Insights into action / Edition 1

by Bill Sharpe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470512989

ISBN-13: 9780470512982

Pub. Date: 11/16/2007

Publisher: Wiley

The era of clear dangers, simple problems and predict-and-control approaches is past. Many groups and organizations are searching for more effective means to survival, continued success and strategic renewal in a context clouded by competing interests, multiple worldviews and turbulent change. As cycles of fashion in managerial practices shorten, scenario

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Overview

The era of clear dangers, simple problems and predict-and-control approaches is past. Many groups and organizations are searching for more effective means to survival, continued success and strategic renewal in a context clouded by competing interests, multiple worldviews and turbulent change. As cycles of fashion in managerial practices shorten, scenario thinking and planning has endured with continued, if not increased, relevance. After over 30 years of practice, it increasingly permeates the public, private and civic sectors. Why? As various chapters of this book emphasize, this continued interest stems not from the success in building a set of alternative futures – or scenarios - per se, nor from methodological coherence. Instead, success relates to the effectiveness of scenarios as purposeful interventions aimed at organizational sense-making, innovation and development.

Dr Angela Wilkinson, Director of Scenario Planning and Futures Research, James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470512982
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/16/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS.

PREFACE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

OVERVIEW.

PART I. ORIGINS: NAVIGATING WITH INVISIBLE ISLANDS.

Introduction by Bill Sharpe.

1 Conversations with Peter Schwartz and Napier Collyns (Bill Sharpe). 

2 Professional Dreamers: The Future in the Past of Scenario Planning (Cynthia Selin).

PART II. SCENARIOS IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS.

3 Scenarios and Innovation (Jan Verloop).

4 Scenarios to Develop Strategic Options: A New Interactive Role for Scenarios in Strategy (Rafael Ramírez and Kees van der Heijden).

5 Deepening Futures with System Structure (Tony Hodgson and Bill Sharpe).

6 From Signals to Decisions (Alexander Fink, Philip Hadridge and Gill Ringland).

7 When Strangers Meet: Scenarios and the Legal Profession (Karim Medjad and Rafael Ramirez).

8 The Power of Narrative (Lennart Nordfors).

PART III. SCENARIOS IN THE WORLD OF MANAGEMENT. 

9 Viewing Futures Network: Collaborative Learning and Innovation at Rabobank (Paul de Ruijter).

10 Facilitating Scenario Development Process: Some Lessons for Facilitators (Ronald Bradfield).

11 Appreciating the Future (Tony Hodgson).

12 Building a Comprehensive Strategic Future Management System: A Future Map Approach (Don Heathfield).

13 Acting on the Future (Andrew Curry).

14 Backwards to the Future: Scenarios as Routines for Organizational Health (James Tansey).

CONCLUDING REMARKS.

REFERENCES.

INDEX.

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