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Escaping the "faster horses" trap : bridging strategic foresight and design-based innovation

  • Design thinking is inherently and invariably oriented towards the future in that all design is for products, services or events that will exist in the future, and be used by people in the future. This creates an overlap between the domains of design thinking and strategic foresight. A small but significant literature has grown up in the strategic foresight field as to how design thinking may be used to improve its processes. This paper considers the other side of the relationship: how methods from the strategic foresight field may advance design thinking, improving insight into the needs and preferences of users of tomorrow, including how contextual change may suddenly and fundamentally reshape these. A side-by-side comparison of representative models from each field is presented, and it is shown how these may be assembled together to create foresight-informed design-based innovation.

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Author of HS ReutlingenSchwarz, Jan Oliver
Erschienen in:Technology innovation management review
Publisher:Talent First Network
Place of publication:Ottawa
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2019
Tag:design thinking; future; innovation; strategic foresight
Page Number:13
First Page:30
Last Page:42
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International