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Interactive foresight on the Hungarian SMEs

Eva Hideg (Associate Professor, based at Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary)
Erzsébet Nováky (Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary)
Péter Alács (Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 5 August 2014




The aim of this study is to present a concept of interactive foresight process, its theoretical and methodological considerations and a foresight exercise concerning the development of knowledge economy in the Central Hungarian Region.


A methodology of interactive foresight process for creating regional future concepts is developed, which is based on a specific meaning of integral futures and uses online solutions, too.


Personal meetings with small and medium enterprise (SME) stakeholders and the works of interactive communications with feedbacks within and among stakeholder groups was organized around the research homepage. The networking created the interconnection and the feedbacks between the stakeholders and the futurist group in the process of shaping regional future ideas. The online networking is running.

Research limitations/implications

The low number of stakeholders can limit the validity and acceptance of futures ideas created by this process.

Practical implications

The developed interactive foresight process can also be applicable at different organizational levels and in different fields for shaping shared future ideas.

Social implications

Application of interactive foresight process can contribute to the development of anticipatory democracy.


A theoretically based interactive foresight process has been developed in which stakeholders can participate not only interactively in the foresight process but they can implement the achievements in their enterprising activity as well. The participants were interested in foresight and cooperative during the whole process because they learned the use of foresight tools through collective solution of practical tasks which were important for them.



The research program was carried out in the framework of “TÁMOP-4.2.1/B-09/1/KMR-2010-0005” project at the Futures Studies Department of Corvinus University of Budapest.


Hideg, E., Nováky, E. and Alács, P. (2014), "Interactive foresight on the Hungarian SMEs", Foresight, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 344-359.



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