Class Outline

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Detailed Schedule of Classes


Part 1- Creating Frameworks for Analysis

What can we expect from "the future"? What will happen to the Internet, business, our society in the next few years? How, why does one structure research on the future?

Session 1: Theme: Scenario Thinking Introducing Scenario Thinking (driving forces, generative understanding, organizational learning, Workshop: First Generation Scenarios Group Assignment: Driving Forces

Session 2: Theme: Thinking in Systems History of Systems Thinking, non-linearity, co-creation, open ended systems, connecting the driving forces in systems diagrams Theme: Drivers of a Digital Age

Workshop: The Beer Game

Session 3: Theme: New ways of working The challenge for large organisations is to make the transition from industrial practices to work in a information society. Workshop: New ways of working (Flying a flight simulator with 30 people at the controls)


Part 2 - Contextual Changes

What are the big questions that affect the development of the Internet and business? Are we to keep accelerating business and try to run and so called "Internet speed"? This part is to stand back, see the big picture, ask the big questions and understand what are the major Internet developments.

How will mobile commerce change the Internet? What is the position of governments, privacy, auctions, intelligent agents, etc. in this new economy?

Session 4:

Theme: Internet and Society Societal Implications of the Internet, Knowledge Networks, Truth, Trust, Netwar, Conflict Models, Post Capitalism, In vs OutGlobal Teenager, Disintermediarisation, Control of Cyberspace, State of the Internet, Role of the Internet Society, etc. Reader: The Economy of Ideas

Session 5: Theme: Critical View of the Scenarios Workshop: Interim presentation of the scenarios developed. Critical report on the strengths and weaknesses of each set.

Session 6: Theme: The New New Thing (technologies shaping the web now and in the future) New Technologies/ Web Site Creation Dynamic Web page, back office databases, XML, Java, JINI, Mobile IP, WAP, GPRS , Artificial Agents, etc.


Part 3 - Converging to Scenarios and Strategy Develop scenarios and strategies on the future of mobile commerce and other issues. You can look at all the last years final reports final reports (click on scenario thinking, then on student projects to get insight into what we shall be doing.

Session 7: Theme: Identity and the Internet Case: Van Gogh Museum, exploring how virtuality can be used to create new identities and shape the power relationships by contrasting two sites developed for the Museum.

Session 8:

Dinner at the RSM: Final presentations of scenarios with invited guests.