Mikkel Stein Knudsen, Project researcher Manufacturing 4.0, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku

Organisations today, whether public or private, are trying to figure out how to capture new opportunities through application of Big Data. For forward-looking organisations this might be one of the most pressing concerns of the ongoing digital transformation. It is often considered an important strategic imperative to succeed, yet we have found many organisations to be struggling with how to even approach the subject.

Increased integration of Big Data can also lead to better foresight-models in organisations, research and society. This could be an important step towards better decision-making in general. Identifying good practices of Big Data for Foresight is therefore a topical research topic to tackle in order to make Finland thrive in an era of rapid change. How to integrate Big Data into Foresight-methodologies is also an important and highly topical research question for the academic foresight and futures research community.

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