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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.

Booking and Registration is now closed for this event

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:

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.
Email [email protected] 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)

Main contact: [email protected]

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.

Social Media And Pre Read

Corporate Foresight Benchmarking Report, https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.21918.43846

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renerohrbeck/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/renerohrbeck

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rene.rohrbeck

Academic Website: http://rene-rohrbeck.de

Organising Committee:

Dr F. O’Brien ([email protected])
Prof. M. Meadows ([email protected])
Dr E. Tapinos ([email protected])
Dr N. Pyper ([email protected])
Prof. G. Wright ([email protected])

SCENARIO 2015:Improving Scenario Methodology;Theory and Practice

Venue: Warwick Business School, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7AL
Speaker: Various 
Date: Monday, 14 December 2015 at 09:00 - 15 December 2015 - 16:00

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.

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

Return to the OR & Strategy SIG Home page - Recent Blog Posts section - for more information 

Please note: the start and end times are to be confirmed

Second Workshop on Developments in Scenario Planning

Venue: Shell Centre, London
Speaker: Various
Date: Wednesday, 03 June 2015 at 10:00 - 16:00


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.

Current Speakers include:

  • Stefano Scuratti, Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Shell Scenario Planning Team (TBC)
  • Gerard Hodgkinson, Warwick Business School
  • Brad Mackay, Edinburg Business School

Other speakers will follow.

If you have any queries about the event

Please email Frances O’Brien at [email protected]
If you are a BAM member please email Maureen Meadows at [email protected]
Further details will be available here and at www.bam.ac.uk

A joint event of the OR Society and British Academy of Management

Developments in Scenario Planning

Venue: Warwick Business School, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7AL In lecture theatre B0.01 at WBS Scarman Road (ground floor). (Lunch will be served in the Staff Lounge (first floor) and teas and coffees will be served in an area close to the lecture theatre).
Speaker: Gerald Wessing, Tom Wales, Gill Ringland, Ron Bradfield and George Wright, Gilberto Montibeller, Ted Fuller, Rafael Ramirez
Date: Wednesday, 04 June 2014 at 10:00 - 16 June 2014 - 16:30

Visit our OR & Strategy blog to see our speakers titles.

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.  

To Book: There is a small charge of £20.00 + VAT to cover refreshments, lunch and printing.

For BAM members only – to avoid paying VAT, Members of BAM are advised to book via the BAM website at http://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=2778&reset=1   

Parking: We suggest that participants park in either car park 7 or 15, which are “pay on foot” car parks. A barrier restricts access to these car parks. Users must take either a ticket or blue chip coin from the machine on entry, which will cause the barrier to raise. To exit the car park, payment must be made at the pay station located close to the exit. Once the payment has been made, the ticket or blue chip coin will allow exit when it is placed into the barrier machine at the exit. Participants should expect to pay £3.00 to park for the full day.

 Participants may also use pay and display car parks: 8, 8a, 8, 10, 10a, 10b, 12 and 13. Entry to these car parks is unrestricted. A ticket must be purchased for the required time period (we would recommend participants pay the full £3.00 for full day parking) and the ticket displayed in the vehicle.  Participants should not use any other car park.  We cannot reserve spaces for participants and cannot guarantee that spaces will be available. 

For further details on the event, please contact [email protected] (The OR Society) or [email protected] (B.A.M)