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Strategic Foresight in Business Management

Tools for Creating Strategic and Competitive Advantage

Under conditions of constantly growing volatility and ambiguity, competitive advantage goes to those who best deduce the forces acting on their industry and who most capably adapt to profit from them.

Strategic foresight is not about predicting the future. Instead, it explores possible futures alongside the opportunities and challenges they might present. The Strategic Foresight in Business Management program is a comprehensive introduction to the approaches and tools of strategic foresight. Based on scientific approaches to foresight and scenario work, the program equips you with the skills to implement a continuous foresight-based strategy process.

During the program, you will learn to utilize foresight tools in strategy work and create scenarios and act based on them. By attending this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply analytical frameworks to decisions when variables are uncertain and long-range
  • Learn critical analysis of the limits of the tools in interpreting the competitive environment
  • Apply theoretical and practical experience using methods of strategic foresight, including the ability to select among the toolkit options
  • Integrate the tools of strategic foresight into the rest of the business strategy, decision formation, and leadership decision-making process
  • Turn strategic foresight perspectives into new initiatives, products, services, and business models

4.5 ECTS credits can be transferred from this program to the Aalto Executive MBA or Aalto MBA program.

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This program illustrates, with real-world examples, group work, and guest speakers, how to develop a foresight perspective to make better strategic decisions. Your organization’s strategy will become a continuous process instead of a static document by using foresight tools and scenarios.

Learn the foresight based way of doing strategy work in organizations
Gain new tools and methodologies for strategic foresight
Learn how to use scenario work and take actions based on it
Develop skills in using foresight approaches in decision-making
Improve competence to turn foresight into business initiatives


The Strategic Foresight in Business Management program is designed for senior executives and managers responsible for strategic decision-making and direction-setting in their company, business, or division.

It is also relevant for

  • Leaders who need approaches and tools that help them understand industry change and future operating conditions and how to transfer these insights into creating winning strategies
  • Management consultants or those with interest in strategic planning or business adaptation to market change

Contents and Schedule

The program incorporates interactive workshop-style lectures, group work, and guest speakers, blending analytical models with worked examples and real-world situations.

Based on theory, it is decidedly pragmatic in style and approach, selecting the best materials and solutions from both academic and business sources.



Skenaariotyöskentely strategisessa päätöksenteossa: Analytiikka ja generatiivinen tekoäly tukemassa strategista ennakointia. Puhujavieraana webinaarissa Aalto-yliopiston apulaisprofessori Eeva Vilkkumaa.

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Johannes Koponen

Johannes Koponen is an accomplished professional with a strong background in future research, platform business model innovation, and scenario-based methodologies.

Currently, Koponen is leading the development of 'Konsensus.me', a cutting-edge peer prediction platform I founded. The platform is designed to enable organizations to make well-informed, long-term decisions. His work also encompasses researching institutional constraints that hinder society from fully harnessing the potential of digital platforms.

Koponen earned his M.Sc. (Tech.) in Knowledge Intensive Business from Aalto University. He has a comprehensive understanding of communication and media research, futures studies, and product and service innovation. Koponen is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Communication, where his thesis focuses on the future of media business models.

Eeva Vilkkumaa

Eeva Vilkkumaa is an Assistant Professor of Management Science in the Department of Information and Service Economy at Aalto University.

Professor Vilkkumaa is an expert in modeling uncertainties and developing mathematical models to support decision making and resource allocation at companies and public organizations.

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