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A framework, with embedded FTA, to enable business networks to evolve towards sustainable development

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Abstract:

This paper suggests a dynamic framework of continual learning to enable a business to develop a capacity to anticipate and address change within the networks in which it is embedded, using future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) thinking to shape the business's path towards sustainable development. The proposed framework has been devised to enable a firm to become a participant that helps shaping the path to a common vision within its network being flexible enough to adapt to the changing circumstances of the environment and of its relationships. The objective is to help organisations create a tailored as well as a common strategy in their network of relationships, with the support of FTA, achieving influence among their partners to progress towards higher levels of sustainable development, in order to reach the desired common vision of sustainability.

Keywords: FTA and complex ecosystems; dialogue and interaction; disruptive and transformative change; management framework and path to sustainable development; network vision

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2012.715488

Affiliations: 1: DG Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies (IPTS), Seville, Spain 2: Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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