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Abstract

In the present information age, methodologies that help structure, combine and interpret information are getting more and more importance as decision support tools. Techniques like Technology Forecasting, Technology Assessment and Technology Foresight are used in order to generate knowledge about current technological developments and derive possible future trajectories. The present report regards these three techniques within the perspective of Strategic Intelligence, which focuses on their role as instruments supporting decision-making processes. The general introduction on the field of Strategic Intelligence in chapter one reveals the general role of Strategic Intelligence in technology-related decision-making processes.

Chapters two to five summarise the main contents of the three individual reports on Technology Forecast, Technology Assessment and Technology Foresight. By focusing on the decision-maker, each report provides an overview of the characteristics and current state of the art of, shows their main strengths, and identifies overlaps and synergies. The last chapter presents a concluding critique of Strategic Intelligence and reveals how these three techniques could be used for obtaining a complete picture of possible technological developments.

This report is available free of charge on the website of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies at. ftp://ftp.jrc.es/pub/EURdoc/eur20137en.pdf

Additional information

Authors: TÜBKE A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);DUCATEL K, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);GAVIGAN J P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES);MONCADA-PATERNÒ-CASTELLO P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20137 EN (2001), pp.118. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200315967 / Last updated on: 2003-02-24
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en