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OCAD MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation: Notes Toward a Bibliography April 9, 2009

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in OCAD MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.
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Strategic Innovation Lab under the direction of Lenore Richards has been assisting Lenore’s development of the forthcoming OCAD degree program, Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. More information on the Foresight MDes program is available from OCAD’s web site.

Below are the beginnings of a bibliography which we’ve been assembling for support of the program’s faculty and students.

We welcome reactions or additions from readers of this blog, including faculty and students — please let us know what we are missing:

Notes for a Bibliography
MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation


  • Abrams, Janet; Hall, Peter. (editors) Else/where: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. Minnesota: Univeristy of Minnesota Press,
  • Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma. New York: HarperCollins, 2003
  • Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Solution. Boston: Harvard Business School, 2003
  • Drucker, Peter F. Technology, Management & Society. New York: Harper & Row, 1958
  • Fahey, Liam; Randall, Robert M. (editors)  Learning from the Future. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998
  • Fry, Tony. Design Futuring:  Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice. Oxford, UK: Berg, 2009
  • Georghiou, Luke; Harper, Jennifer Cassingena; Keenan, Michael; Miles, Ian; Popper, Rafael. (editors) The Handbook of Technology Foresight. Northampton, Ma.: Edward Elgar, 2008
  • Heskett, John. A Short Introduction to Design, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Hines, Andy; Bishop, Peter.  (editors) Thinking about the Future. Washington: Social Technologies, 2006
  • Jonas, Wolfgang. A Scenario for Design. MIT Press: Design Issues, Spring 2001, Vol. 17, NO. 2, Pages 64-80.
  • Moore, Geoffrey A. Crossing the Chasm. New York: HarperCollins, 2006
  • Norman, Donald A. The Design of Future Things. Philadelphia, PA: Basic Books, 2007
  • Roam, Dan. Back of the Napkin. New York: Penguin, 2008
  • Schwartz, Peter. The Art of the Long View. New York: Doubleday, 1991
  • Shamiyeh, Michael. Organizing for Change. Boston: Birkhauser, 2007
  • Stacey, Ralph. (editor) Experiencing Emergence in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2005
  • Stacey, Ralph; Griffin, Douglas; Shaw, Patricia. (editors) complexity and Emergence in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2000
  • Sterling, Bruce. Shaping Things. Cambridge, Mass,: MIT Press, 2005
  • Sterling, Bruce. Tomorrow Now. New York: Random House, 2002
  • Sterman, John D. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World.
  • Streatfield, Philip. The Paradox of Control in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2001

Journals (With thanks to Walter Derzko)

Peer Reviewed

  • Technology Forecasting and Social Change
  • Technovation
  • Futures Research
  • Long Range Planning
  • Foresight; the journal for future studies strategic thinking and policy
  • Technology analysis and strategic management
  • Technological Forecasting
  • Futures
  • Futures Research Quarterly


  • The Futurist (World Future Society)
  • Future Survey (World Future Society)  “I like this one” — Walter

These domain specific journals often carry futures related papers:

  • Business Horizons
  • Applied Energy
  • Energy Policy


1. Greg Van Alstyne - April 9, 2009

Thackara, John, ed. Winners!: How Today’s Successful Companies Innovate by Design. Amsterdam: BIS, 1997.

Gladwell, Malcolm. the Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. New York: Little, Brown, 2000.

Collins, James C. and Jerry I. Porras. Built To Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

2. Adam Gordon - April 15, 2009

I run a graduate program in industry foresight at various universities, here are some books I use:

Courtney H., 20/20 Foresight, HBS Press, 2001
Hamel G. and Prahalad C., Competing for the Future, HBS Press, 1996
Gordon A. Future Savvy, Amacom Press, 2008
Kelley T., The Art of Innovation Harper Collins Business, 2001
Schoemaker P., Profiting from Uncertainty, Free Press, 2002
Van Der Heijden K., The Sixth Sense, Wiley & Sons, 2002
Van Der Heijden K., Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation, Wiley & Sons, 2005
De Geus A., The Living Company, HBS Press, 1997
Bell W., Foundations of Futures Studies, Transaction, 1996
Weiner E. & Brown A., An Insider’s Guide to the Future, WEB, 1997

I can send articles too if interested. More at http://www.futuresavvy.net

3. John the Statistician - April 18, 2009

This list looks like an excellent resource, and includes both some of my favorites already (“Shaping Things”, “Tomorrow Now”, and “Back of the Napkin”) and books that stacked at home for my future spare moments (“Innovators Dilemma”, “The Art of the Long View”). I’m going to enjoy these.

4. Greg Van Alstyne - May 29, 2009

World Future Society’s site offers this Best Books and Reports 2008: The Future Survey “Top 30”:
I’m listing the METHODS books first as this is a key area of interest for sLab and SF+I MDes


Future Savvy: Identifying Trends to Make Better Decisions and Manage Uncertainty
Adam Gordon (AMACOM, Oct 2008/294p).

Blindside: How to Anticipate Forcing Events and Wild Cards In Global Politics
Ed. by Francis Fukuyama (Brookings Institution Press, Oct 2007/198p).

Worst-Case Scenarios
Cass R. Sunstein (Harvard U Press, Nov 2007/340p).

The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators (Second Edition)
Charles Landry (Earthscan, Nov 2008/299p).

Leader to Leader 2: Enduring Insights on Leadership
Ed. by Frances Hesselbein and Alan Shrader (Jossey-Bass, April 2008/364p).


Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years
Vaclav Smil (MIT Press, Sept 2008/307p).

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World
National Intelligence Council (USGPO, Nov 2008/120p).

2008 State of the Future
Jerome Glenn, Theodore J. Gordon, and Elizabeth Florescu (WFUNA, Aug 2008/103p+CD).

Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World
Gen. (ret.) John Shalikashvili et al. (CSIS, Dec 2007/153p).

Global Politics in the Human Interest
(Fifth Edition). Mel Gurtov (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007/391p).

Peace First: A New Model to End War
Uri Savir (Berrett-Koehler, Sept 2008/233p).

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Jeffrey Sachs (Penguin Press, March 2008/386p).

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Lester R. Brown (W.W. Norton, Jan 2008/398p).


Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)
UN Environment Programme (UNEP, 2007/540p).

2009 State of the World: Into a Warming World
Worldwatch Institute (W.W. Norton, Jan 2009/262p).

Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change
Ed. by Kurt M. Campbell (Brookings Institution Press, July 2008/237p).

Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change: Exploring the Real Risks
Ed. by Michael C. MacCracken et al. (Earthscan, Feb 2008/326p).

World Energy Outlook 2007: China and India Insights
International Energy Agency (IEA/OECD, Nov 2007).

Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Planning, Policy
John Randolph and Gilbert Masters (Island Press, Aug 2008/790p).

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution
Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sept 2008/438p).

America’s Food: What You Don’t Know About What You Eat
Harvey Blatt (MIT Press, Oct 2008/336p).

Feeding People Is Easy
Colin Tudge (Pari Publishing, Oct 2007/159p).


The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash
Charles R. Morris (Public Affairs, March 2008/194p).

The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Costs of the Iraq Conflict
Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes (W.W. Norton, Sept 2008 update/357p).

A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It
Paul C. Light (Harvard U Press, May 2008/278p).

Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes
Mark J. Penn (Twelve, 2007/425p).

Trends Shaping Education: 2008 Edition
OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (OECD, Aug 2008/86p; free download).

Anticipate the School You Want: Futurizing K-12 Education
Arthur B. Shostak (Rowman & Littlefield Education, Sept 2008/157p).

Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together after Bush
Herbert J. Gans (U of Michigan Press, Sept 2008/210p).

Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business And Society
William E. Halal (Palgrave Macmillan, Aug 2008/183p).

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