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Foresight and strategy in national research councils and research programmes

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This paper addresses the issue of foresight and strategy processes of national research councils and research programmes. It is based on a study of strategy processes in national research councils and programmes and the challenges faced by their strategy activities. We analysed the strategy processes of two organisations: the Danish Technical Research Council and the Danish Energy Research Programme. We analysed the mechanisms of the strategy processes and studied the actors involved. The actors' understanding of strategy was also included in the analysis. Based on these analyses we argue that the impact of foresight exercises can be improved if we have a better understanding of the traditions and new challenges faced by theresearch councils. We also argue that a more formal use of foresight elements might improve the legitimacy and impact of the strategic considerations of research councils and research programmes.
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Keywords: foresight; public research organisations; science and technology and innovation policy studies; socio-technical; technology and innovation studies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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