Sectoral innovation system foresight in practice: Nordic facilities management foresight

Per Dannemand Andersen, Allan Dahl Andersen, Per Anker Jensen, Birgitte Rasmussen

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    A number of studies have explored the interconnection between the foresight literature and the innovation system literature. This paper adds to these studies by investigating how theoretical elements of the innovation system approach can contribute to the design and practice of foresight processes. The paper originates in a foresight project in the Nordic facilities management sector. The goal of the foresight project was to identify the possible futures of the facilities management sector in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) and, based on the findings, to establish a proposal for a common Nordic facilities management research agenda. The paper finds that three elements of the innovation system literature are of particular interest for the practice of foresight: innovation systems and context dependency, learning and user-producer interactions, and the role of knowledge and knowledge production. These elements are embedded into a simple sectoral innovation system model (including actors, knowledge flows, and the strategic environment).
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalFutures The journal of policy, planning and futures studies
    Pages (from-to)33–44
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Foresight
    • Sectoral innovation system
    • Facilities management
    • Priority setting of research
    • Nordic


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