FROM HINDSIGHT TO FORESIGHT: APPLYING FUTURES RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

  • Gray P
  • Hovav A
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Abstract

Although much IS research deals with evaluating and improving existing information systems, researchers are also called upon to think about the future, particularly beyond organizational boundaries. Examples include: the potential impact of socio-technical phenomena such as the digital divide, digital rights management, security, and privacy. One way of forecasting the future is to extrapolate empirically observed relations (e.g. Moore's law). However, such extrapolations assume that the future is an immutable extension of the present and are usually limited to one or two dimensions. Externalities due to disruptive inventions, changes in regulations, tastes, competition, required skills, and more also need to be considered. This tutorial presents and explains three methodologies that take these possible changes into account to improve our understanding of the future: Delphi, cross impact analysis, and scenarios. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Communications of AIS is the property of Association for Information Systems and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

Author-supplied keywords

  • DELPHI method
  • Delphi
  • INFORMATION resources
  • INFORMATION resources management
  • INFORMATION science
  • METHODOLOGY
  • PRIVACY
  • cross-impact modeling
  • modeling the future
  • scenarios

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Authors

  • Paul Gray

  • Anat Hovav

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