Strategia Sapiens – strategic foresight in a new perspective

Tamás Gaspar (Senior Research Fellow, Research Centre, Budapest Business School, Budapest, Hungary)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Publication date: 14 September 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a new perspective for strategic foresight on the basis of nurture theory. Strategia Sapiens refers to the fact that strategic work needs to be foresight oriented, and foresight should be directly value driven.

Design/methodology/approach

The following areas of strategic foresight are offered for discussion: the content of a vision, its emergence process and the characteristics of strategic foresight in time and in space.

Findings

The interdisciplinary approach of this research creates a synthesis of and bases its findings on the empirical and theoretical findings of different scientific fields. The primary finding is that nurture theory offers new perspectives to refine and renew strategic foresight. One perspective is the existence of a value- and culture-driven way of life, and the other is the simultaneous self-realisation of individuals. The paper creates the following models on the basis of nurture theory: the system relations of strategic foresight, a complex model of development, the field and system of strategic foresight activities, the logistic life-cycle model and the field of force of social spaces.

Originality/value

This discussion and approach are highly useful for regional and national strategic practitioners, and they contribute to the discussion of the concept and measurement of development. The nurture theory approach strengthens the incorporation of cultural responsibility, as well as an intergenerational view of strategic foresight, which are both fundamental for a renewal of this field.

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Acknowledgements

The paper has been prepared in the framework of the research project EMMI 26,130-2/2013/tudpol.

Citation

Gaspar, T. (2015), "Strategia Sapiens – strategic foresight in a new perspective", Foresight, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 405-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-03-2015-0017

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