James L. Morrison and Ian
"Futurizing" your organization—that is,
creating an organization that thinks in the future tense, and acts in the
present—is a prerequisite for success in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.
Every organization—corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit—has to prepare
itself for operating in a radically different environment. And that, in turn,
requires the organization to change its techniques, its practices and, above
all, its culture. This is a process of change that is complex, demanding, and
This course will examine the futurizing
process from a holistic point of view, covering all aspects from the
philosophical to the practical, and drawing on the presenter's experience in the
fields of business, the military, and education. Presentations and discussions
will focus on:
- Developing an "early warning system" to
alert the organization to impending change
- Creating a planning culture
- Strategic planning for alternative
- Developing the vision ("Where we want
to go, and how we propose to get there")
- Turning understanding and vision into
- Diffusing leadership
- Rewarding changed behavior
The course program includes preassigned
readings (below), presentations, and group exercises aimed at developing a
"change agenda" for different organizations.
Please review the following publications
prior to coming to the workshop.:
- Wilson, Ian. "Focusing
Our Organizations on the Future: Turning Intelligence into Action." On
the Horizon, 5(3), 1997, 1, 3-6.
- Wilson, I. "The
Practical Power of Vision." On the Horizon, 1996, 4(2), 1, 3–5.
- Wilson, I. "Envisioning
(and Inventing) the Future." On the Horizon, 1995, 3(3), 1–2, 5.
- Morrison, J. L., and Wilson, I. "Analyzing
Environments and Developing Scenarios for Uncertain Times." In M. W.
Peterson, D. D. Dill, L. A. Mets, and Associates (eds.), Planning and
Management for a Changing Environment. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
- Morrison, J. L. & Wilson, I. (1996). "The Strategic
Management Response to the Challenge of Global Change." In Didsbury, Howard
(Ed.). Future vision, ideas, insights and strategies. Bethesda, MD: The
World Future Society.
- Morrison, J. L., Renfro, W. L., &
Boucher, W. I. (1984).
Research and the Strategic Planning Process. ASHE/ERIC Clearinghouse on
Higher Education Research Report Series Number 9.
- Ashley, W.L. & Morrison, J. L. (1996).
Management Tools for the 21st Century." The Futures Research Quarterly,
12 (2), 35-49.
- Ashley, W. L. & Morrison, J. L. (1997).
Management: Tools for Better Decision Making." The Futurist, 31(5),
- Wilson, I. (2000). "From
Scenario Thinking to Strategic Action."
- Morrison, J. L., Sargison, A., & Francis, D. (1997). "Using
the Futures Program As A Tool for Transformation: A Case Study of Lincoln University, New Zealand." In Donald M. Norris and James L. Morrison, Mobilizing
for Transformation: How Campuses Are Preparing for the Knowledge Age. New
Directions in Institutional Research Number 94 (19-30). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
- Morrison, J. L., Forbes, L., &
Wilkinson, G. W. (2000). Common
Sense Management for Educational Leaders.