Why Do We Want to Know the Future?

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


This chapter explores why we might want to know the future. The reasons span the psychological, the organizational, and other spheres of life. One of these spheres has to do with our (and our organizations’) values. The chapter further explores the relation of values to goals, vision, readiness, flexibility, speed, useful forecasting, and backcasting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Phillips
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  1. 1.Anderson School of ManagementUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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