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Title: Phenomenology of future management in top management teams
Author: Micic, Pero
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 890X
Awarding Body: Leeds Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Leeds Beckett University
Date of Award: 2007
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Aim of the investigation The main research question of this work is "how shall an integrated model for future management in top management teams be designed to provide a semantic framework? " Future management is defined as the bridge between strategic management and futures research. The research was done to improve initial models which the researcher had been using in his work with top managers. Methodology and scope Based on a morphological analysis of possible research designs, action research was chosen as the first part of an appropriate research design. Data was collected in 207 workshops and seminars with real top management teams with whom the researcher worked on real questions over a period of five years. Phenomenology made the second part of the research design since data from the literature had to be processed together with data from the workshops. Pivotal results and contributions to knowledge The research project was structured along three research phases with several integrated research cycles which led to the following results: 1. A model of future factors (drivers of change) was from the macro perspective. 2. A model of objects of thought was from the micro perspective. Five objects of thought were redefined and ten objects newly introduced. 3. A holistic model was developed which integrates the above mentioned models and at the same time identifies and defines the relations between all the objects of thought. The result is a semantic network of objects of thought. 4. A model of a general process for future management was developed. It is based on an appropriate permutation of the five archetypical views on the future. In the field of futures research and future management, this work led to the first integrated model which comprises a semantic network of objects of thought with clearly defined interrelations and links to views on the future in a process model. The model's suitability for practical application has been successively roved in the later part of the 207 relevant workshops and seminars.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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