Strategic Scenario Construction Made Easy

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Abstract

Scenario planning is a well-known way to develop corporate strategy by creating multiple images of alternative futures. Yet although scenario planning grew from very hands-on strategy development efforts in the military and from operations research dedicated to solving practical problems, the use of scenarios in business has, in many cases, remained a cumbersome affair. Very often a large group of consultants, employees and staff is involved in the development of scenarios and strategies, thus making the whole process expensive in terms of time, money and human resources. In response, this article uses insights from the area of strategic forecasting (of which scenario planning is a proper subset) and experiences gained from a recent course in that area to develop a simpler, more direct, hands-on method for scenario construction and to provide several ideas for scenario construction that can be used by a broader circle of firms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy
Volume11
Issue number1/2/3
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
ISSN1740-2816
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Corporate strategy
  • External analysis
  • Futures research
  • Innovation
  • Multiple scenario methodology
  • Organisational development
  • Scenario planning
  • Strategic forecasting
  • Strategic scenarios
  • Scenario construction

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