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Scenario planning: Reflecting on cases of actionable knowledge.

Oliver, J., 2023. Scenario planning: Reflecting on cases of actionable knowledge. Futures & Foresight Science. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1002/ffo2.164


Scenario planning has a long history of academic inquiry and practice in numerous fields and industries; however, its future as a tool to manage strategic uncertainty may well have reached an impasse. While the academic community perpetuates the view that the field is characterized by methodological chaos, the practitioner community is concerned only with how scenario planning can help solve an organizational problem. This paper argues that the academic community would benefit from adopting a philosophical orientation that is “pragmatic” where theoretical and methodological sophistication should be traded‐off against the need to produce a practical outcome that addresses a specific organizational problem. This would enable more academics to generate new knowledge that was “useful” rather than “generalizable.” Adopting a Pragmatic Philosophy would also address three primary issues asserted in literature on the process, content, and implementation of scenario‐informed strategizing. This position paper provides a reflective account of how the narrative on scenario planning theory can be moved more effectively into scenario planning practice by illustrating the author's commitment to developing scenario‐based actionable knowledge, high levels of implementable validity, and instrumental impact with organizations. As such, it presents a reflection on interventions that demonstrate how scenario‐informed strategies were developed and implemented with successful organizational outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Actionable Knowledge; Implementable Validity; Pragmatic Philoshophy; Scenario Interventions; Scenario Planning
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:38771
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 Jul 2023 10:28
Last Modified:14 Jul 2023 10:28


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