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Scenario Planning and Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice

Venue: Warwick Business School, Coventry
Date: Monday, 10 December 2018 at 09:30 - 11 December 2018 - 16:30

Please note that these times may be subject to change.

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

Scenario Planning and Foresight 2018 

Advancing Theory and Improving Practice
10-11 December 2018 | Warwick Business School, Coventry

This is a call for the second conference on Scenario Planning and Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice. Building on the success of the first conference on Scenario Planning (2015), we are extending the scope of the conference to include contributions from the wider field of Foresight. This will be a two-day event with keynote addresses from distinguished academics and experienced practitioners, and discussions on the latest developments in academic research and practical applications relating to scenario analysis.

We are inviting academics and practitioners to submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including references). All submissions will be reviewed to be accepted to the conference.

Academics’ contributions could be both theoretical and empirical from any field of scenario planning or foresight. The extended abstracts should indicate: the research focus; the literature to which they are contributing; a short description of the methodology; and an indication of the research outcomes. We welcome contributions from doctoral students for whom there will be a limited number of bursaries to cover the registration fee.

Practitioners’ contributions could be both from their own organisation and/or consultancy projects. Extended abstracts should indicate the nature of the intervention and a reflection on the lessons learned. 

Submission deadline: 31 October 2018 (now closed)

Authors of accepted papers are required to register before 15 November 2018 to ensure their paper is scheduled in the programme.

Registration is open book here

Non-author registration will close at 24.00 hrs (GMT) on 30 November 2018 

Registration £ 220.00 (inc VAT)
PhD Student Registration £ 100.00 (inc VAT) 10 places only are available

Please note:

Full registration fee and Student registration fee includes refreshments, lunches and the conference dinner.

To be considered for the Student rate:

  1. Register using the Registration link above but select "request an invoice" on the payment section.  The invoice will be amended to the lower amount and sent out to you.
  2. 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.

The OR Society Refunds Policy can be found here

Hotel style accommodation on the University of Warwick Campus is very limited. Please click here to book accommodation directly with Warwick Conferences.

List of alternative accommodation (PDF)

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The conference organisers have secured special issues of two journals, Futures & Foresight Science and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, for publication of selected conference presentations.

Authors will be notified about acceptance as soon as possible after their submission has been reviewed.
Further details of the conference (schedule, registration, accommodation, travel etc.) will appear and be updated on this conference website over the coming weeks and months.


Thomas J. Chermack is a Professor of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change at Colorado State University where he also directs the Scenario Planning Institute.  As a researcher, he has focused on studying the history and outcomes of scenario planning.  The author of “Scenario Planning in Organizations”, and “Foundations of Scenario Planning: The Story of Pierre Wack”, he has focused on how 0rganizational leaders use scenarios to manage uncertainty.  He is commonly quoted in academic research and consults widely related to scenarios.  He is also a frequent speaker at planning and futures conferences around the world.

René Rohrbeck is a Professor of Strategy and Associate Dean of Corporate Relations at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. He received his doctorate from the Technische Universität Berlin for his research on strategic foresight. He has benchmarked over 450 companies and advised over 50 top management teams on how to increase their future preparedness. At Aarhus BSS, he leads the Strategic Foresight Research Network, which develops methods for participatory foresight and scenario-based strategizing and conducts regular benchmarking studies.

Before joining academia, René worked for Volkswagen in electronic strategy and for Deutsche Telekom to foster technology foresight and innovation management in the corporate R&D labs. Today, he is Partner at a Berlin-based consultancy that serves public clients, private-public partnerships, and multinational organizations, and he teaches in several international executive education programs, where he focuses on prospective strategy, business model innovation, and strategic foresight.

At the Scenario Planning and Foresight Conference, Dr. Rohrbeck will present recent research findings on the firm performance impact from strategic foresight and share his view on how the field of strategic foresight will develop in the future.

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Organising Committee:

Dr F. O’Brien (
Prof. M. Meadows  (
Dr E. Tapinos (
Dr N. Pyper (
Prof. G. Wright (