Weak Signals Research Future


Weak Signals


Advances in science, probability, modelling and statistics will enable us to continue to improve our understanding of probable futures, while the field is currently less developed than methods of investigating possible and preferred futures. The futurist can draw on the patterns of projects observed in previous civilizations in today's society to model what could happen in the future, or borrow from technology, and can model possible social and cultural reactions to emerging technologies based on established principles of innovation.


Practitioners use different proportions of cooperation, creativity and research to create and define alternative futures, and to the extent that a "preferred" future can be sought, particularly in the organisational context, techniques can also be used to develop plans or strategies for a targeted future formation or implementation of a preferred future.

Forward techniques or methodology can be seen as "a framework for understanding the data generated by structured processes to reflect on the future ".

Until now, the choice of methods to be used in research projects in the future has been dominated by the intuition and insight of practitioners, but it is better to identify a balanced selection of techniques by acknowledging the foresight as a process and knowing the basic characteristics of the most commonly used methods.





First of all, given the fluid nature of the findings, it is often useful to involve senior leaders in active involvement with social media sources that lead to weak signals. It is also useful to look for weak signals when customers start to deal with products or services in a new, technological way, often simply by sharing information about business offers and how they use them.

In most companies, weak signals will be an unknown area for senior management, so it will take a prior investment in leadership time to explain the strategic, organizational and resource implications of new initiatives.



Future management includes the completeness of all systems, processes, methods and tools for early detection and analysis of future developments and their integration into strategy. Future management makes it easier and, in many cases, to take advantage of future research findings as a source of guidance and inspiration in the business environment.

Future factors in nature, society, business and politics that are changing the needs of end users. Future technological and scientific factors that change processes and methods, as well as products, services and solutions.

Ict systems revolutionize the exchange of information among healthcare professionals, e. g. by developing a seamless electronic patient record.



Early detection of changes - when they are still on the sideline - often means a strategic advantage if you can interpret the signal correctly, predict and act successfully.


Nowadays, it is facilitated by the use of social tools or text mining applications to make sense of the huge number of weak signals.Therefore, everyone in the organization should have the ability to collect and share weak signals.



Weak Signals are future prospects and, if properly researched, can help your business avoid "hit times" and develop in a rapidly changing environment.


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