Strategic Foresight and Future Studies | 50X Strategy

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Introduction:

During the 20th century, strategic foresight and future studies have developed toward methodological and scientific approaches. They have been utilised by governments, international organisations, and companies to anticipate and to plan for future trends of and changes.
The year 2020 has been announced to be the year of getting ready for the next 50 years in the UAE. This means that government and private organisations in the country should start planning for the next five decades. Such planning needs to be based on reliable understanding of envisaged trends and changes in the future.
This professional diploma is designed to equip participants with the needed knowledge, methods, techniques, and skills to conduct strategic foresight and future studies, so they can contribute to the long-term planning at the national and organisational levels.

The Diploma
Learners must complete all five units to achieve the qualification.
Modules
1 Introduction to Strategic Foresight and Future Studies
2 Global Future Trends
3 Foresight Techniques
4 Strategic Response to Future Trends
5 Final Project

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this program, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts and applications of strategic foresight and future studies
  • Understand the role of strategic foresight and future studies in long-term national planning
  • Explain the major future trends that face humanity
  • Reflect on the challenges and opportunities resulted from future trends
  • Use several foresight and future studies methods and techniques effectively
  • Conduct a foresight study
  • Utilise foresight studies results to develop long-term national and organisational plans
  • Develop KPIs and monitoring mechanisms to monitor future trends

Assessment:
Assessment of learners includes two assessment methods:
Learning log to be filled by each learner at the end of each module. They should identify what they have learned in the module, how it is relevant to their work, and action points for implementation. The learning logs have to be submitted to the program manager at the end of each module. They will be reviewed by the assessor who will give each learner feedback on his/her log. After the delivery of all modules, each learner should submit a project, in which they will show their ability to reflect what they have learned on work environment. Assessors will assess these projects based on pre-defined criteria and provide feedback to each learner. The assessment criteria are derived from the learning objectives. They will be shared with learners before working on their projects. There will be two chances to re-submit the project in case it does not meet the assessment criteria.
** Passing these two assessments is a pre-requisite for certification. **

 

Module 1: Introduction to Strategic Foresight and Future Studies

Overview:
This is an introductory module. It introduces the learners to the history of strategic foresight and future studies and how they have developed toward methodological and scientific approaches.
The module covers the key concepts and applications of strategic foresight and future studies with a special attention to long-term national planning.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain the key concepts in Foresight and Future Studies
  • Ability to explain the applications of Foresight and Future Studies
  • Ability to reflect on the relationship between Strategic Foresight, Future Studies, and Complexities
  • Ability to understand the role of Foresight and future Studies in long-term national planning

Content:

  1. Historical Background on the emergence and Development of Future Studies
  2. Foresight and Strategic Planning
  3. The methodological approach to Future Studies
  4. Key Concepts in Foresight and Future Studies
  5. Foresight and Complexity
  6. Applications of Foresight and future Studies
  7. Foresight for Long-term National Plans

 

Module 2: Global Future Trends

Overview:
To start understanding how future trends are identified, learners will study some of the major future trends in this module. The scope of this module is global since most of future trends work at a global scale.
In this module, learners will discuss real trends and challenges and will understand how these trends are identified. In addition, they will reflect on the consequences of these trends.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain main global future trends
  • Ability to reflect on the consequences, opportunities, and risks of global future trends
  • Ability to discuss the envisaged changes in organisations and work
  • Ability to discuss the grand challenges that face humanity in the future

Content:

  1. Industry 4.0
  2. Technological Trends: Big Data, Open Data, Live Data
  3. Technological Trends: Artificial Intelligence
  4. Technological Trends: Internet of Things
  5. Changes in the Global Economy
  6. Changes in Organisational Forms
  7. The Future of Work
  8. Social and Demographic changes
  9. Global Grand Challenges

Module 3: Foresight Techniques

Overview:
This is the most practical module in the program. It introduces learners to several methods and techniques used in Strategic Foresight and Future Studies. The module discusses the advantages and shortcomings of these methods and techniques and when to use each of them.
During the module, learners will discuss some real studies that implement the studied techniques. They will work on small assignments during the module to use these methods and techniques in analysing real data.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain the main foresight techniques and methods
  • Ability to select the suitable technique or method for a certain purpose and to justify this selection.
  • Ability to use several foresight techniques and methods
  • Ability to interpret the results of foresight studies and draw conclusion

Content:

  1. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Future Studies
  2. Trends analysis
  3. Delphi Method
  4. Analysis of Economic Cycles
  5. Analysis of Changes in Technological Generations
  6. Analysis of Social and Demographic Changes

 

Module 4: Strategic Response to Future Trends

Overview:
This module is dedicated to explain long-term planning as a tool to respond to future trends and even to shape them proactively. It focuses on national plans with some discussion of organisational plans. Learners will be exposed to real life examples of long-term global, national, and organisational plans. They will work on practical activities to develop long-term goals based on the results of foresight studies, and to develop KPIs and monitoring mechanisms for these goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to identify opportunities and challenges in future trends
  • Ability to contribute to the development of long-term national and organisational plans
  • Ability to reflect the long-term national and organisational plans at the operational level
  • Ability to contribute to the monitoring of long-term national and organisational plans

Content:

  1. Opportunities and Challenges in Future Trends
  2. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Develop them
  3. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Balance Strategic Direction and Flexibility
  4. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Cascade to the Operational Level
  5. Long-term National Strategic Plans: Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques
  6. Strategic Responses at the Organisational Level
  7. Prognosis indicators for Future Trends

 

Module 5: Graduation Project

Each participant has to submit a proposal to get the diploma status, and the following conditions to be taken into considerations:

  • The project should be related to the topics covered in the program.
  • A written proposal of two pages that show the project objectives and methodology has to be presented and agreed on with the supervisor.
  • The project has to be presented to the supervisor in the form of a research paper or study.
  • The project to be presented and evaluated by a committee

Module 1: Introduction to Strategic Foresight and Future Studies


Overview:
This is an introductory module. It introduces the learners to the history of strategic foresight and future studies and how they have developed toward methodological and scientific approaches.
The module covers the key concepts and applications of strategic foresight and future studies with a special attention to long-term national planning.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain the key concepts in Foresight and Future Studies

  • Ability to explain the applications of Foresight and Future Studies

  • Ability to reflect on the relationship between Strategic Foresight, Future Studies, and Complexities

  • Ability to understand the role of Foresight and future Studies in long-term national planning


Content:

  1. Historical Background on the emergence and Development of Future Studies

  2. Foresight and Strategic Planning

  3. The methodological approach to Future Studies

  4. Key Concepts in Foresight and Future Studies

  5. Foresight and Complexity

  6. Applications of Foresight and future Studies

  7. Foresight for Long-term National Plans


Module 2: Global Future Trends


Overview:
To start understanding how future trends are identified, learners will study some of the major future trends in this module. The scope of this module is global since most of future trends work at a global scale.
In this module, learners will discuss real trends and challenges and will understand how these trends are identified. In addition, they will reflect on the consequences of these trends.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain main global future trends

  • Ability to reflect on the consequences, opportunities, and risks of global future trends

  • Ability to discuss the envisaged changes in organisations and work

  • Ability to discuss the grand challenges that face humanity in the future


Content:

  1. Industry 4.0

  2. Technological Trends: Big Data, Open Data, Live Data

  3. Technological Trends: Artificial Intelligence

  4. Technological Trends: Internet of Things

  5. Changes in the Global Economy

  6. Changes in Organisational Forms

  7. The Future of Work

  8. Social and Demographic changes

  9. Global Grand Challenges



Module 3: Foresight Techniques


Overview:
This is the most practical module in the program. It introduces learners to several methods and techniques used in Strategic Foresight and Future Studies. The module discusses the advantages and shortcomings of these methods and techniques and when to use each of them.
During the module, learners will discuss some real studies that implement the studied techniques. They will work on small assignments during the module to use these methods and techniques in analysing real data.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to explain the main foresight techniques and methods

  • Ability to select the suitable technique or method for a certain purpose and to justify this selection.

  • Ability to use several foresight techniques and methods

  • Ability to interpret the results of foresight studies and draw conclusion


Content:

  1. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Future Studies

  2. Trends analysis

  3. Delphi Method

  4. Analysis of Economic Cycles

  5. Analysis of Changes in Technological Generations

  6. Analysis of Social and Demographic Changes


Module 4: Strategic Response to Future Trends


Overview:
This module is dedicated to explain long-term planning as a tool to respond to future trends and even to shape them proactively. It focuses on national plans with some discussion of organisational plans. Learners will be exposed to real life examples of long-term global, national, and organisational plans. They will work on practical activities to develop long-term goals based on the results of foresight studies, and to develop KPIs and monitoring mechanisms for these goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to identify opportunities and challenges in future trends

  • Ability to contribute to the development of long-term national and organisational plans

  • Ability to reflect the long-term national and organisational plans at the operational level

  • Ability to contribute to the monitoring of long-term national and organisational plans


Content:

  1. Opportunities and Challenges in Future Trends

  2. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Develop them

  3. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Balance Strategic Direction and Flexibility

  4. Long-term National Strategic Plans: How to Cascade to the Operational Level

  5. Long-term National Strategic Plans: Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques

  6. Strategic Responses at the Organisational Level

  7. Prognosis indicators for Future Trends


Module 5: Graduation Project


Each participant has to submit a proposal to get the diploma status, and the following conditions to be taken into considerations:

  • The project should be related to the topics covered in the program.

  • A written proposal of two pages that show the project objectives and methodology has to be presented and agreed on with the supervisor.

  • The project has to be presented to the supervisor in the form of a research paper or study.

  • The project to be presented and evaluated by a committee

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