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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 Registration cannot be withdrawn after the deadline.


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

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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 how to move through these four dimensions of future readiness:

  • Discover: How to identify and challenge ingrained biases and assumptions that prevent us from recognising change.  We learn how to look past our current models and ideas.

  • Explore: How to scan the external environment to uncover hidden opportunitiesScanning creates glimpses of the future and this sparks off analytical and scenario frameworks.

  • Map: How to develop future scenarios that immerse decision-makers into future probabilities and possibilities and allow them to assess the validity future-readiness of their current models as well as stimulate new ideas.

  • Create: How to turn foresight into action and develop both short and long-range implementation plans towards preferred future outcomes.

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 offered as a collaboration between the Aarhus BSS Strategic Foresight Research Network, Denmark, and The Futures School, USA.


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.


Frank Spencer is founder of Kedge ‘The Futures School’. He holds an MA in Strategic Foresight from Regent University and was the creator and lead instructor of The Futures Institute at Duke University’s Talent identification Program, teaching students to use foresight to develop transformative solutions to grand challenges (2010, 2011). His is a prolific speaker and has delivered presentations to groups and conferences around the globe for more than 20 years. He has worked on strategic foresight projects for companies such as Kraft, Mars, Marriott and The Walt Disney Company.

Yvette Montero Salvatico is co-founder of ‘The Futures School’ and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from the University of Florida. Yvette has over 15 years of corporate experience with multinational firms such as Kimberly-Clark and The Walt Disney Company. Before joining Kedge in early 2012, she led the effort to establish the Future Workforce Insights division at Disney, identifying future workforce trends and leveraging foresight models and techniques to assess potential threats and impacts, emerging ideas, and exciting opportunities for the organisation.

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.