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This is the Final Report of the FORMAKIN project that evaluates the role of foresight as a tool in the management of future-oriented innovation. Foresight is located within a wider analysis of innovation, forming an important element of future-oriented co-ordination activities. Configurational dynamics are described as either close or loos-knit and are on the one hand shown to be determinant of foresight�s utility yet also disturbed or enhanced by foresight. The empirical analysis demonstrating this is based on studies of configurational relations and foresight type processes in health informatics and genetics fields in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. A number of implications for the model of Foresight, its relation to technology fields and its evaluation are derived, as are key policy conclusions, including a challenge to the notion of a European Foresight programme.

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