Set 1. Learning Methods (Investigative thinking)
Key Adaptive Foresight Specialty Functions and Practice Communities
- Intelligence – Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP). Since 1986. Helps professionals in competitive intelligence (legal and ethical information gathering and analysis). Runs an Annual Conference and Regional Summits. Bimonthly CI Magazine.
- Learning & Development – Association for Talent Development (ATD). Since 1945. Leading professional assoc. for workplace training, learning and development (L&D). Three annual conferences, L&D certifications, local chapters. T+D Magazine.
- Metrics & Knowledge Management – Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Since 1919. The leading association for cost accounting, financial planning, and decision support, the most important metrics for any for-profit firm. Annual Conference, CMA certification. Strategic Finance. The Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro) is the largest KM group. It offers certifications and training. While we consider it a key function, KM is a considerably less-developed field than management accounting.
Other Learning-Associated Organizational Functions
Scanning, Research, Training, Business Intelligence, Evidence-Based Management, Learning Surveys, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Cost Accounting, Intangibles Accounting
Learning-Associated Practitioner Methods
Comparing one’s processes and performance metrics to industry and company bests (related to competitive intell.).
Causal Layered Analysis
Multi-level critical analysis (litany, causes, worldview, metaphor) of events or processes to aid learning.
Public, open, online methods of crowd-evaluating, -comparing, and -analyzing opportunities and threats.
Methods to learn the true costs of various current and potential business actions, to aid decisions.
Study of the cultural litany of foresight.
Emerging Issue Identification (Weak Signals)
Identifying events (for further analysis) that may grow into potential problems or opportunities.
Processes for finding and monitoring external news and events of potential relevance to the client org.
A mostly qualitative research tool for conversational information collection from human subjects.
Journaling and Diaries
Methods and software to report and self-assess your daily actions. Allows you to learn about yourself.
Knowledge Management Platforms
Methods and software to capture, map, monitor, filter, and route relevant organizational knowledge.
Training and methods to develop managers into leaders in the firm’s core business functions.
A summary of current theoretical, methodological, or practical knowledge on a subject.
Retrofuturism (History of Foresight)
Study of the history of future litanies, models, predictions, and depictions.
Soft Systems Methodology
A method for systems modeling that uses consensus-seeking and non-quantitative approaches.
Domain mapping & qualitative causal modeling of critical stocks, flows, variables in systems of interest.
Gathering, analyzing, using intelligence about academic, business, and other actors’ R&D capabilities.
Triple Bottom Line (Sustainability) Accounting
An expanded version of business accounting that assesses social, environmental, and economic benefits.