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Friday, 4 Sep 2015
Hilary Wilkes

A Joint Two Day Event of the OR Society and

British Academy of Management


Improving Scenario Methodology: Theory and Practice

14 – 15 December 2015 

Warwick Business School, Coventry

Following a very successful event at the Shell Centre, London in June of this year, this two day event will feature presentations and discussion about latest developments in academic research and practice relating to scenario analysis. It will feature speakers from a number of leading corporate practitioners of strategic foresight, as well as top academic researchers in this field.

One such speaker will be Professor Peter McKiernan, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Governance at Murdoch University in Perth (WA) and Professor of Management at Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, Scotland.

Registration is now open, see below.  Further details of the event will be updated here and on the Warwick conference website over the coming weeks.  

Call for Title and Abstract submissions

To submit a title and abstract for consideration, please complete the submission form.

Call for Papers for a special issue 
journal ‘Technological Forecasting and Social Change’.

This call for papers for the special issue is underpinned by the upcoming conference above.
We invite papers that focus on the scenario method in its widest sense, that document the current status of its application and use, and that analyse its future potential and prospects.

Submission deadline: 29 February 2016

Full information about the call for papers can be found here:
Main contact email address:

Registration is now open

Registration (inc VAT)                       £200.00 
PhD student registration (inc VAT)   £100.00  (10 places available)

To book:
Please click on the link below

Please note:
        -  The registration fee of £200.00 includes beverages during breaks, lunches and the conference dinner.
        -  There are ten discounted places available for PhD students at the fee of £100.00 (incl. VAT).
           To be considered for this rate:
            Complete the registration process, selecting "request an invoice" on the payment section. 
            Email to advise you have registered and wish to be considered for the reduced
            PhD student rate. You will be advised as soon as possible if your application is successful.

Participants may book accommodation on campus in one of WBS award winning conference centres.
Radcliffe House or Scarman House  are closest to the Conference venue. Search for availability here .
Further options are listed here

For queries about the event:  please contact

Friday, 20 Mar 2015
Hilary Wilkes

A Joint Event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management 



3 June 2015

10:00 – 16:00

Shell Centre, York Road, London. SE1 7NA

Free event open to all

Following a very successful event at Warwick Business School last June, this one day event will feature presentations and discussion about latest developments in academic research and practice relating to scenario analysis. It will feature speakers from a number of leading corporate practitioners of strategic foresight, as well as top academic researchers in this field.

Speakers include:

  • Stefano Scuratti, Custom Research, EIU
  • Martin Haigh, Shell International Ltd
  • Cho Khong, Shell International Ltd
  • Gerard Hodgkinson, Warwick Business School
  • Brad Mackay, Edinburgh Business School
  • David Lye, SAMI Consulting 
  • Camelia Ram, Decision Strategies International


A brief outline of the timings for the day are shown below (which may be subject to change):- 

- 09.30 - 10.00   Registration
- 10.00 - 12:50   Welcome – Introductions – speakers
- 13.50 - 15:30   Speakers
- 16.00 General Discussion + Introduction to special issue on scenario planning
- Close 

Note: To enter the Shell Centre, please bring your passport or some ID as identification. 

Directions to Shell Centre: click here

If you have any queries about the event:
Please email Frances O’Brien at  
If you are a BAM member please email Maureen Meadows at 

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014
Hilary Wilkes

A joint Special Interest Group (SIG) workshop on


Hosted by the Strategy SIGs of the OR Society and the British Academy of Management

Date: 4 June 2014, 10.00 – 16.30

Location: Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Lecture theatre B0.01 at WBS Scarman Road (ground floor).

Scenario Planning, a tool to explore alternative futures, has been used by organisations for many years. Over the same period, it has attracted the attention of numerous scholars across a range of disciplines including management and O.R. 

This one day event has been jointly organized by the Strategy Special Interest Groups of the OR Society and the British Academy of Management. Its purpose is to bring together a collection of speakers to share their varied experiences and reflect on developments in the scenario planning field. We are delighted to have eight speakers from across the practitioner-academic spectrum, including those who develop and use scenarios, those who facilitate scenario development in participative settings and those who research into the field. 



Geraldine Wessing, Shell Scenario team



Tom Wales, Director of Analysis, Oxford Analytica

Better corporate risk management: scenarios and reducing predictive failure

Gill Ringland, SAMI Consulting

A case study of synergy between consultants and a partnership organisation

Ron Bradfield, Strathclyde University

Issues facing facilitators of scenario workshops

George Wright, Strathclyde University


Developments within the "Intuitive Logics" method of developing scenario

Gilberto Montibeller, Department of Management, London School of Economics


Ted Fuller, University of Lincoln, UK.  Editor in Chief of Futures Journal

Epistemological and Ontological Challenges of Anticipation through Scenarios

Rafael Ramirez, Director, Oxford Scenarios Programme, Said Business school & Green-Templeton College

Scenario research: Scholarship & impact



To Book: There is a small charge of £20.00 + VAT to cover refreshments, lunch and printing. Please use the following link or go via the OR Society’s website at, then Services, Events & Products then Special Interest Groups.
For BAM members only – to avoid paying VAT, Members of BAM are advised to book via the BAM website at   
For queries go to: (The OR Society) or (B.A.M)