Corporate Foresight: A Systematic Literature Review and Future Research trajectories

Milan Marinković, Omar Al-Tabbaa, Zaheer Khan* (Corresponding Author), Jie Wu

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Corporate foresight (CF) has received increasing attention from scholars and practitioners alike. Due to the increasing environmental complexity and unpredictability that the corporate world is encountering, companies from various sectors have realized the need to engage in CF to mitigate uncertainty. However, current research on the topic remains fragmented and lacks conceptual connection. This study, therefore, aims to examine the extant CF research and provides a systematic insight into its key components. Through a narrative synthesis of a sample comprising 73 articles published over the last two decades in leading business and management journals, we developed an
integrative framework that maps the key elements underpinning CF literature (including antecedents, tools/activities, moderators, technology, and outcomes) and explicates their interplay. We also highlighted the bidirectional effect of technology, as a distinct construct, across CF elements, and discussed the need to identify technology-related boundary conditions that may influence the
manifestation of CF outcomes. Moreover, we utilized the developed framework as a platform to identify critical gaps in the CF research and suggest related future research trajectories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-311
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date10 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


  • Corporate Foresight
  • Strategic Foresight
  • systematic literature review
  • Technological Forecast
  • Environmental Uncertainty


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