Technological Generalizations and Leitbilder ? the Anticipation of Technological Opportunities

Osmo Kuusi, Martin S. Meyer

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Recent national technology foresight studies as well as the Millennium Project of the American Council for the United Nations University are very much based on ?nodes of discussion.? These short statements are called, e.g., topics, issues, or developments. This article provides a framework for the classification and analysis of nodes related to future technological development. Key concepts of the article are ?technological generalization? and ?leitbild.? The topics in the technology foresight Delphi studies can be seen as different kinds of generalizations from already realized technological developments. Leitbild is a German word. Its most general meaning is a guiding image. Like a common vision, a leitbild creates a shared overall goal, offers orientation toward one long-term overall goal, and provides a basis for different professions and disciplines to work in the same direction. The analysis of leitbilder and emerging technological paradigms might contribute to the construction of topics and issues and to the argumentation processes related to them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-639
Number of pages15
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2002


  • Foresight
  • Delphi
  • Technology foresight
  • Technological paradigm
  • Technological generalization
  • Leitbild
  • Weak signal
  • Millennium project
  • Nanotechnology


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