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Foresight (a.k.a. "technology foresight") is about thinking, debating and shaping the future. As such, foresight activities play a pivotal role in today's decision-making processes within organisations that try to formulate forward planning strategies or future-orientated policies.
Consequently, this study wants to shed a light on the current uses, practices and impacts of foresight in the private sector, with a particular view to the possible contributions to innovation that foresight activities might bring in an entrepreneurial context. To this end, a questionnaire was developed and formed the basis for personal interviews with representatives of 18 companies in Europe that were considered to use "good practices" in foresight activities.
The following paper describes the results of the comparative analysis of the 18 interviewed firms. The structure follows the core questions of the interview questionnaire and is clustered in the following four sections:
I. The objectives of corporate foresight
II. The organisational characteristics of corporate foresight
III. Foresight processes in the firm
IV. Problems and potentials of corporate foresight

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