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Strategic Foresight in 2023: Cross-industry insights (3/3)
In conversion with Philipp Maron, our senior consultant and strategic foresight expert on what’s set to impact business this year.
Strategic Foresight in 2023: Cross-industry insights (2/3)
In conversion with Philipp Maron, our senior consultant and strategic foresight expert on what’s set to impact business this year.
Strategic Foresight in 2023: Cross-industry insights (1/3)
In the first of a three-part series, we sat down with Dr. L. Alejandro Berbesi and asked him to reflect on his experiences over the last months.
The Future of Innovation: 3 Ways to Use AI for Impact
Innovation is generally considered to be a uniquely human activity. But as AI impacts an ever-growing array of business tools and practice, innovation, too should be part of every organization's…
5 Ways That Foresight Will Help You Launch Your Sustainability Strategy
Sustainability is the new digitalization. Here’s how to use strategic foresight to pay attention, find the signals in the noise, and leverage this complex, systemic transformation to your advantage.
What the #%*! should we do, now? Navigate the uncertainties of the energy transition and turn insight into action
Rohrbeck Heger joined E.ON for an expert talk on strategic foresight at the trade fair E-world Energy & Water 2022.
When crisis strikes, strategic foresight can help.
COVID-19. War in Ukraine. Climate crises. Times of acute uncertainty require taking definitive action. Gain clarity amidst the mess with the support of our step-by-step guide using strategic foresight scenarios.…
The Future of Digital Healthcare – 7 Disruptive Trends to Watch Towards 2030
What will the future of digital healthcare look like in 2030? From our research in the field, our Rohrbeck Heger foresight analyst team has selected the top 7 disruptive trends…
NEWS: Rohrbeck Heger Joins Creative Dock Group
Rohrbeck Heger joins Creative Dock Group, Europe's leading independent corporate venture/company builder.
7 Key Insights on The Future of Corporate Sustainability Strategy
What’s top-of-mind for corporate sustainability leaders as they head into 2022?
Strategic Foresight: Systemic innovation and creation of new markets
Learn how leading firms are leveraging foresight to create breakthrough innovations. René Rohrbeck and Tobias Heger explain how to leverage foresight to foster innovation with three key recommendations to start…
Building a sustainability strategy? Future-proof it with these four scenarios.
So, you’re working on your strategy and sustainability is supposed to play a major role. If you’re not sure where to start, you're not alone. One way to begin is…
Mondelez – jointly leading from the future
Headquartered in the USA, the global snacking powerhouse Mondelez is the parent company of beloved worldwide brands such as Oreo, Milka, and Cadbury, plus local favorites including Russia’s Alpen Gold…
This Is Food in 2030: Crowdsourced Trend Assessment from Food Industry Experts
Our Rohrbeck Heger Future Atelier event series gathers innovation and strategy professionals to discuss future-forward foresight practice. This installment: the future of food. Our third Rohrbeck Heger Future Atelier focussed…
The Future of Food – 9 Trends to Watch Towards 2030
The food sector will face numerous challenges in the coming decade. From the race to develop plant-based meat substitutes to the power of AI-enabled personalized nutrition, disruptive drivers of change…
AI, Aging Millennials, and Asset Tokenization: What trends will define financial services in the decade to come?
For our second RH FutureAtelier focusing on financial services, we identified top trends for 2021 and beyond, outlined the practice of corporate foresight, and explored what it will mean for…
Mobiliar – a systematic approach to foresight-driven innovation
Mobiliar is the oldest private insurance and pension company in Switzerland, insuring a third of all households and companies in the country. For nearly 200 years, the company has provided…
A recap on our sustainability and supply chain foresight event
As foresight specialists, we always stress the importance of preparing for multiple future outcomes. This maxim is especially true when we consider the context of climate change and its possible…
The Historical background of Corporate Foresight
For over 70 years, Corporate Foresight has been helping organizations to lay their foundation for future competitive advantage. In this insight, Prof Dr René Rohrbeck provides a brief recap on the…
On the need to prepare for climate change impact on logistics and supply chain management
Many companies have yet to fully understand the impact climate change will have on their business. Here is something to get started with the topic.
How can you apply foresight in Business Model Innovation?
You have heard that you need to be ready to change, refine and innovate your business model. But how should you go about it?
Is Europe too late for AI?
While the US still has a lead on venture capital investment, China is perceived to be leading on the amount and breadth of data. One crucial factor in predicting the…
What we've been reading lately
Food for thought in the areas of foresight, business & tech, health & people, energy & environment, logistics & mobility, AI & computing
Air transport will never be the same again…
4 drivers of change herald a radical transition in air transportation: business travel, regionalization of routes, “star” networks, and flight shaming
An AI-enabled Tech Foresight Summit like no other
What are the key learnings of this year's summit? Enjoy my recap and insights of this year's hybrid edition.
Surfing, Vigilance, Perseverance – quer.kraft annual conference
René Rohrbeck's keynote on October 13th, 2020: Building the right capabilities to drive opportunities in crisis
Ahead of our AI-Enabled Tech Foresight Summit, we share some food for thought: Is everything AI reliable? Is AI ethical?
Foresight-Driven Innovation at the intersection of Content and Health
Foresight addresses the (fuzzy) front end of innovation, i.e. it focusses on opportunity detection instead of problem-solution-market fit.
3 examples of visionary innovation
Visionary innovators are developing contact lenses to reduce color blindness, 3D artificial eyes and eye scanners to assess biological age.
Our robot future
Our team prepared some facts and opportunities in regard to industrial robots.
On Paradoxes, Constants, And Effects
The team at Rohrbeck Heger looked at the Osborne effect, Jevons paradox and Marchetti's constant and shows which specific predictions can be derived.
Technological innovation to make public transport safe again
The team at Rohrbeck Heger came up with a few ideas to make public transport safer.
Foresight-Driven Innovation Webinar
In today’s fast paced environment, it becomes harder and harder to foresee future developments and the potential for long term success of new products and services. Traditional planning and innovation…
On being Too ‘Big Tech’ to Fail. And possibly Too Big to Rely On?
It's fascinating to follow Big Tech's strategic playbook, and observe the impact these firms can have in shaping the future.
On the colour of Swans and our fragile world
Nicholas Naseem Taleb of 'black swan' fame made some astute observations in his interview with "The New Yorker". We've summarised the main points.
Running effective digital workshops
We run online workshops using some tools built specifically for running remote workshops. Here’s some of our advice for running a workshop online.
Making the most of online meetings
For many people, the work modality has transitioned into the digital realm. With our briefing we want to help remote teams to continue to stay productive.
UPDATED: Zukunft gestalten – Content Foresight: Health (DE)
In welchen Umgebungen und Szenarien werden Inhalte in Zukunft gebraucht und über welche Medien und Technologien werden sie transportiert? Wo werden Health-Angebote perspektivisch benötigt und konsumiert? Welche Herausforderungen, aber auch…
From Uncertainty to Opportunity
Do-It-Yourself guide on how to turn uncertainty into opportunity for your organisation. Let us all leverage on ScenarioThinking to reimagine and rebuild our economies and societies.
Three important lessons I learned about business in Covid-19 times
Three lessons I learned about running a small business in Covid-19 times. When scenario-thinking met entrepreneurial spirit in a small restaurant in Paris.
Design Thinking, Agile, Lean … how does Foresight fit into the innovation method toolbox?
When it comes to innovation methodologies there is a lot of buzz - and still quite a bit of confusion - around Design Thinking, Scrum, Agile, Lean Startup, Business Model…
Masterclass Foresight-Driven Innovation: Mobility, Energy, Healthcare, Production
Our new “Foresight-Driven Innovation” masterclass is designed to provide professionals a deep dive into the methods and tools that can be used to identify relevant trends and drivers of change,…
Using Scenarios as a Strategic Tool
UPDATE: P. Wack from Shell realized that scenarios are key to defining future strategies in times of change by influencing decision-making behavior
Berufsbegleitender Corporate Foresight Kurs (DE)
Zukunftschancen und -risiken erfolgreich erkennen und managen: Corporate Foresight ist eine vergleichbar junge Management-Disziplin, die Entscheidungsträgern zahlreiche Methoden für ihre strategische Arbeit zur Verfügung stellt.
How Scenario Thinking creates Leadership (CEO summit 2019, Washington)
In April 2019 the CEO Summit was held in Washington DC, where “Leadership for the 21st Century & Beyond” brought together some of the world´s top visionaries and leaders to…
How AI changes intelligence work (Intelli Summit 2019, Stockholm)
On April 10 till 12, a group of Competitive Intelligence professionals gathered at The IntelliSummit 2019 in Stockholm to exchange best practices. Our founding partner René Rohrbeck was invited to…
What’s next when it comes to leveraging foresight?
Dr. Frank Ruff, Senior Manager of PIONEERING NeXt, Daimler AG raised the quintessential question of What’s next when it comes to leveraging foresight, collaborative innovation and customer insights in an…
How do you understand Machine Learning and its relationship with Precision Medicine?
Prof. Dr. Magnus Boman from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm gave an unbiased speech on Precision Medicine - An application case for AI-based foresight.
What do corporates feel about innovation in AI?
John Miranda, Market Insights Manager at Intel Corporation focused on the aspect of ethics and trust in AI as companies are adapting to change, “As AI begins to impact our…
The perspective of startups: How are they using AI Algorithms to solve problems?
Dr. Tim Pohlmann, CEO and Founder, IPlytics GmbH, a young startup founded in Berlin in 2012 gave a talk about AI Algorithms to Predict the Value of Patents and focused…
AI-enabled Tech Foresight Summit in Soho House Berlin
Can AI help to predict the Future? At our summit in Feb 2019 we discussed this topic with participants from Adidas, Bosch, SAP and more. Read about highlights from the…
Newsletter: What digital leaders should focus on!
In each company you can find many different points of view about the future and various opinions about the firm's long-term success. The challenge lies in the alignment of opinions and using…
Profiting from Strategic Foresight
The best-practice activities necessary for benefiting from foresight could be summarized into three sub-processes: Perceiving, prospecting and probing.
Relaunch Foresight Newsletter
In our quarterly newsletter we share insights on Strategic Foresight and the future-orientation of organizations. Our newsletter is built around a set of categories that reappear in every issue.
A new Strategy for old Technologies
A superior new technology emerges on the horizon, threatening your existing business. Do you simply follow conventional wisdom and strive to make a seamless transition to the new technology? All…
Corporate Foresight Zertifikatsprogramm
Wie können Zukunftschancen trotz hoher Komplexität, Dynamik und Unsicherheit im Organisationsumfeld erkannt werden? Lerne Corporate Foresight Prozesse kennen und verstehe deren Implementierung im Organisationskontext. Hier erfahren Sie mehr über unsere…
Engineering Value to Win in the Market
One of the best determinants for a firm’s long-term profitability and stock price development is its ability to create customer value. It has also been argued that industry disruption and…
Industry 4.0: Modular and Architectural Innovation
Industry 4.0 – while still not yet clearly defined – can be considered to be one of the biggest architectural innovations in the industrial environment in the last decades. The…
VUCA – Uncertainty and the Challenges of Strategizing
Executives and strategists are paying increasing attention to the concept of VUCA, which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. Indeed, those are key challenges when taking decisions and making…
The Strategic use of Business Platforms
Many companies look towards platforms in the hope that they can give advantage over competitor and enable future business expansions. Given this interest, and requests from readers of the digitalization…
Management in times of transition – Die Mobilität von morgen
Die Mobilität von morgen gestalten: Management in Zeiten sozio-technischer Transitionen (Article in German)
Demystifying Digitalization – Digital Disruption and its Implications
or: who wants to be a billionaire? Second part of our three part series on the fundamentals of digitalization focussing on the various forms of disruption that may be caused…
Demystifying Digitalization – Mechanisms for the Impact of IT
This post is an attempt to give perspective on the much hyped digitalization and break through the buzz by studying the fundamentals.
Future Thinking – Classic, Computerized and Lean Scenario Analysis
In this blogpost, we introduce three ways to scenario building and explain why scenarios are important.
Benchmarking IT tools for Strategic Foresight
In this blogpost we introduce our tool benchmarking approach.
Future-proofing your strategy
In this blogpost, Rohrbeck Heger illustrates its approach to scenario-based strategizing.
A far more effective SWOT – and its use in strategy formation
This blogpost introduces another approach to assess the gap between the current state and the desired future state.
How SMEs are able to identify innovation opportunities and prepare for the future
In this blogpost we share our thoughts on how to build up a successful corporate SME incubation program
Welcome to the future – How our professional life will look like in 2035
In this blogpost, we share our thoughts on how our work, life and society could develop within the next years.
The Rohrbeck Heger Blogsophy
In our first blogpost, we highlight what Strategic Foresight means and what our mission is.