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Call for Papers

This call for papers for the special issue is underpinned by the upcoming conference on
‘Improving Scenario Methodology: Theory and Practice’ to be held at Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK
on the 14 and 15 December, 2015.
Further details of the conference (schedule, registration, accommodation, travel, etc) will appear and be updated on the conference website
over the coming weeks and months.
To register your early interest in the conference and be placed on the circulation list, please send a short e-mail to

To submit an abstract for consideration, please complete the submission form before 30 October.

The abstract submission deadline has now been extended to 30th October 2015 ∗

Notification of Acceptence of abstracts will be sent during week commencing 09 November 2015

Improving Scenario Methodology: Theory and Practice

A special issue of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change edited by:

George Wright, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK (
Maureen Meadows, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK (
Stathis Tapinos, Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK (
Frances O’Brien, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK (
Neil Pyper, Coventry University, Coventry, UK (

We invite papers that focus on the scenario method in its widest sense, that document the current status of its application and use, and that analyse its future potential and prospects. Specifically we invite papers that consider the scenario method with a focus such as:

* Critical theoretical considerations of the method and its rationale

* Review of the use of the technique in specific applied areas, including evidence of impact on decision making and policy making

* Analysis and critical evaluation of variations in applications of the scenario method in different contexts, e.g., moving beyond the typical application of exploring the external environment for large corporations to applications that encompass scenario planning for, say, governments, industries, or smaller-scale organizations

* Empirical studies comparing scenario method variants, or comparing some variant of scenario method with alternative approaches (e.g., forecasting)

* Novel elaborations of the method and critical appraisal of these - for example combinations with the Delphi technique and combinations with inputs from social media

* Consideration of future prospects for the technique

The submission deadline has been extended to 30 April 2016. The submission website for this journal is located at: 

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue please select the “Article Type” as “SI:Improving scenarios” while submitting the manuscript. Please also include a covering letter to indicate that the paper is to be considered for inclusion in the special issue. The editors are happy to give pre-submission guidance by e-mail as to whether a paper’s content is, in principle, appropriate for the special issue.