What About the Future?

New Perspectives on Planning, Forecasting and Complexity

  • Fred Phillips

Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book closely examines the concept and theory of 'future' from a multidisciplinary perspective, focusing on the practice of forecasting, especially in its interaction with complexity. It highlights the relations between forecasting, decision-making and strategy, mixing technical arguments (but minimal mathematics) with ideas from psychology and philosophy. Rich with examples, the book highlights the role of values and attitudes in deciding how to look at the future.

Written in a casual but precise style that makes the ideas easily digestible, it helps corporate strategists, practicing futurists, and researchers in the field of strategy or public planning gain a fundamental perspective on the future – before starting to predict things.


Theory of forecasting Risk and uncertainty Fuzzy goals and firm values Forecasting and decision making Linguistic determinism and technology colonization Political psychology of complexity Price-performance curves Trend extrapolation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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