Special Issue "Foresight Research: Trends and Grand Challenges"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anna Kononiuk
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering Management, Bialystok University of Technology, Bialystok, Poland
Interests: foresight; strategic foresight; foresight in enterprises; foresight maturity; scenario method; triangulation; wild cards; Industry 4.0
Prof. Dr. Ozcan Saritas
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Guest Editor
Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow, Russia
Interests: innovation; foresight; futures; scenarios; systems thinking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The uncertainty and complexity of the contemporary world, the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the rapid progress of Industry 4.0 make it difficult to anticipate regional and business growth. The constantly changing market requirements enforce the reformulation of the existing business models, changes in production technologies and product cycles, as well as new approaches to designing business governance forms and the sustainability of different governance models at the company, regional, and city levels.

Hence, foresight research is gaining importance, and is understood as a future-oriented managerial competence, a company’s capability or as a systematic, participatory process focused on gathering knowledge about future-oriented vision-building and its impact on today’s decisions and mobilizing joint actions, faced with the unpredictability of the environment.

This Special Issue covers a diverse range of substantive theoretical and methodological developments in the field of foresight studies. The Issue is addressed to original research related to the recent developments of Industry 4.0 and its positive and negative futures, strategic foresight at the company, regional, and city levels, as well as strategic planning and its links with sustainability. The problems of integrating foresight with innovation process management, technology assessment, and organizational capabilities evaluation are also within the scope of interest.

We hope that the Special Issue on “Foresight Research: Trends and Grand Challenges” will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to reflect and enhance the understanding of the research field, its links with other scientific fields, as well as its correspondence with sustainability.

Dr. Anna Kononiuk
Prof. Dr. Ozcan Saritas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • strategic foresight
  • Industry 4.0
  • innovation process management
  • regional foresight
  • foresight for the city

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Sustainable Printing 4.0—Insights from a Polish Survey
Sustainability 2021, 13(19), 10916; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131910916 - 30 Sep 2021
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The transformation trend towards digital technology to achieve sustainability targets and meet legal regulations has been visible in many industries. The printing sector has already been increasingly boosting sustainability performance through digitalization to automate workflows of processes. The goal of this paper is [...] Read more.
The transformation trend towards digital technology to achieve sustainability targets and meet legal regulations has been visible in many industries. The printing sector has already been increasingly boosting sustainability performance through digitalization to automate workflows of processes. The goal of this paper is to initially diagnose a sustainable performance of Printing 4.0 (Industry 4.0 in the printing sector). To achieve this goal, qualitative interviews were carried out with representatives of 11 printing companies. Results of the diagnostic study showed that advanced technologies have had a positive impact on sustainability in the analyzed printing companies due to a higher awareness of sustainability. It was observed in the surveyed sample that interviewees confirmed such an assumption. These companies that tailor their operational activities toward digitalization have more quickly noticed a positive effect on their sustainable businesses. This survey has served as a basis for more extensive research. Full article
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Analysis of Uncertainties and Levels of Foreknowledge in Relation to Major Features of Emerging Technologies—The Context of Foresight Research for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9890; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13179890 - 02 Sep 2021
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One of the key roles in the development of Industry 4.0 systems is played by “emerging technologies” as new tools with promising—though with a high level of uncertainty—capabilities. The management of such systems should be based on a comprehensive—future-oriented—research approach. Such activities are [...] Read more.
One of the key roles in the development of Industry 4.0 systems is played by “emerging technologies” as new tools with promising—though with a high level of uncertainty—capabilities. The management of such systems should be based on a comprehensive—future-oriented—research approach. Such activities are enabled by the foresight methodology. The main purpose of this publication is to attempt to answer the following research question: “What levels of foreknowledge and knowledge in the context of the development of emerging technologies—in relation to their features in Industry 4.0—should be taken into account during the analysis of uncertainties in the sense of foresight research based on different anticipated options?” In detail, the examination covered the relationship of classes of research foresight methods with regard to types of future, scopes of uncertainty, cycles of knowledge and original levels of foreknowledge in the field of the development of emerging technologies in Industry 4.0. Emerging technologies combined with the research on foreknowledge and uncertainties is an interesting research area with many theoretical and practical potential implications. The study uses the results of the analysis and criticism of the literature, mental experiments, and the intuitive method as the main research methods. This provides a basis for performing conceptual modeling. Full article
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