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Foresight as a tool for the management of knowledge flows and innovation, FORMAKIN



The overall objective of this project is to identify the contribution foresight makes to managing innovation through exploring the way in which actors formulate scenarios on technological development, specifically those expressed through foresight processes that operate within and between distinct constituencies in different national contexts. Through dissemination of this enriched understanding during and after the project and consequent better use of foresight, the management of innovation by public and private actors (industry, government, universities, public groups, intermediate organisations) will be improved. The project aims at contributing : To understand how socio-economic actors deal with complex foresight environments and the impact these environments have on the specific development of innovation: the substantive research will refer principally to health informatics and diagnostics in the medical sector. To understand the formal and informal processes and practices associated with foresight in managing innovation and knowledge flows in distinct European contexts. In particular, the project explores the role that formal Foresight programmes play (as in the Netherlands and the UK) in managing innovation, securing and aggregating knowledge and encouraging its mobility across different constituencies compared with countries (such as Spain) that do not have such a programme. To determine the role of foresight in balancing the objectives and interests of different public and private constituencies involved in innovation, focused on innovations in the medical field and to identify those tendencies that work towards aggregation and consensus and those that generate conflict between different constituencies.

Additional information

Authors: BROWN N (Editor), University of York, York (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20964 EN (2005), 93pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-20-964-EN-S)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-7563-3
Record Number: 200618516 / Last updated on: 2006-02-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en