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A generic foresight process framework

Joseph Voros (Joseph Voros is Senior Lecturer in futures studies and Strategic Foresight at the Australian Foresight Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia. E‐mail:; Web site:


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 June 2003



A generic foresight process framework is outlined, based on prior independent work by Mintzberg, Horton and Slaughter. The framework was developed as part of work carried out by the author during the introduction of foresight into the formal strategic planning of a public‐sector university in Australia. The framework recognises several distinct phases, leading from the initial gathering of information, through to the production of outputs intended as input into the more familiar activities of strategy development and strategic planning. The framework is also useful as a diagnostic tool for examining how foresight work and strategy are undertaken, as well as a design aid for customised foresight projects and processes. Some observations and reflections are made on lessons learned from a two‐and‐a‐half year engagement as an organisationally‐based foresight practitioner.



Voros, J. (2003), "A generic foresight process framework", Foresight, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 10-21.




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