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Strategic Foresight

As companies and organisations are forced to transform in response to social, technological and market changes, anticipating and competitively interpreting new opportunities and setting an appropriate direction has become a most important challenge for business or other sector leaders. Success and advantage go to those who are best at deducing the forces acting on their sector, and who are best at adapting to avoid threats and act on opportunities.

Facts about the course

Date: 24-27 September 2018

Duration: 09:00 - 17:00

Venue: Aarhus BSS, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V

Price: DKK 18.500 excl. VAT and incl. course materials, lunch and refreshments.
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Registration deadline: 10 September 2018. Registration cannot be withdrawn after the deadline.

Please note: You can still register for the course. The registration link is open as long as we have availability.


On completing the course, each participant will take away: 

  • A critical understanding of strategic foresight and the current best practices in the field.
  • An action-based approach to building futures thinking competency, using foresight tools such as environmental scanning and scenario development.
  • Practical experience in using the key methodologies of foresight in a guided, tangible and replicable process.
  • The opportunity to apply the tools of foresight to their own sector or organisation and a real-world agenda that they can integrate into their organisation’s own planning processes.
  • The shared insights and experiences of other high-level participants and the programme faculty in developing best practices for future preparedness.


Pernille Hjorth Nielsen

Programme manager
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About the course

This executive development course offers a hands-on introduction to the field of strategic foresight. In an increasingly complex business environment, mechanistic prediction processes are a poor guide to the future, while strategic foresight tools can help managers interpret the opportunities inherent in change and create dynamic responses.

Participants will learn the tools and methods of strategic foresight in a guided series of seminars and workshops. Participants will learn how to:

  • Scan the external environment, perceive signals of change, and sharpen their frameworks for looking
  • Track and audit trends, and evaluate the reliability of moving data as a guide to the future
  • Evaluate and explore to the implications of change, to create an integrated understanding of threats and opportunities in a particular sector
  • Make scenarios of the future that challenge decision-makers with plausible future environments, which allows them to assess the future-readiness of current models, or stimulates new ideas.
  • Act to turn foresight acumen into new solutions via experimental probes and strategic renewal.

The course provides participants with a solid framework for making executive decisions to create future readiness in their organisations, and the ability and confidence to use strategic foresight approaches as a core management function. It is provided in association with Bespoke "Design the Future".

Who should attend?

This course is relevant for executives and managers who are responsible for achieving success in a changing world, either for a company or an organisation as a whole, or for a particular unit. It is equally relevant for business and government leaders, as well as advisors and consultants. The course is designed to accommodate professionals from various backgrounds, so that participants may benefit from insights from influential people across a wide range of industries.


Dr Adam Gordon is Associate Professor in the Strategic Foresight Research Network at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. He also contributes to developing the school’s executive education platform. His academic areas span across the fields of foresight, innovation, organisational learning and leadership decision-making. Adam has taught at over a dozen universities including INSEAD, Aalto EE, and Monash GSB, and has been an editorial board member of World Future Review: Journal of Strategic Foresight, and Foresight: Journal of Applied Forecasting. He is the author of Future Savvy: Quality in Foresight (Amacom Press). Adam is an INSEAD MBA and has organised workshops in applied strategic foresight and leadership development for over 20 years. He is a former Director of Executive Education at the University of Witwatersrand.  

Professor René Rohrbeck is a Professor of Strategy at the Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. He is the author of the book “Corporate foresight – Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a firm”, and his research has been published in leading international journals. He has consulted to clients on topics including the design of innovation management systems, how to develop and implement corporate foresight practices, as well as the strategic and financial planning of new business fields. Before joining Aarhus University, he spent six years in industry where he worked with innovation management at Volkswagen and with corporate foresight at Deutsche Telekom.

Martin Dyrman Hansen is a design strategist and process leader at Copenhagen based strategic foresight and experience design studio Bespoke. He leads creative processes that integrates foresight practices in designing future scenarios and strategies with clients in the Nordics and Internationally. Additionally Martin leads two EU funded projects about social innovation and is the co-author of The Book of Futures. Martin holds a BA in engineering and is educated in design and entrepreneurship at the Kaospilots. Previously Martin has worked as a project leader, facilitator and designer in Denmark, China, South Africa and California.