Technology futures analysis: Toward integration of the field and new methods

Title: Technology futures analysis: Toward integration of the field and new methods
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: March 2004
Published In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Description: Many forms of analyzing future technology and its consequences coexist, for example, technology intelligence, forecasting, roadmapping, assessment, and foresight. All of these techniques fit into a field we call technology futures analysis (TFA). These methods have matured rather separately, with little interchange and sharing of information on methods and processes. There is a range of experience in the use of all of these, but changes in the technologies in which these methods are used-from industrial to information and molecular-make it necessary to reconsider the TFA methods. New methods need to be explored to take advantage of information resources and new approaches to complex systems. Examination of the processes sheds light on ways to improve the usefulness of TFA to a variety of potential users, from corporate managers to national policy makers. Sharing perspectives among the several TFA forms and introducing new approaches from other fields should advance TFA methods and processes to better inform technology management as well as science and research policy. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Citation: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 71. Issue 3. 287 - 303. ISSN 0040-1625. DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2003.11.004.
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