Technology Forecasting

Why Take This Course

  • develop knowledge and skills that will help you make better sense of how evolving and emerging technologies can disrupt organizations, industries and societies
  • learn new frameworks that can help you detect technology risks and opportunities for your organization
  • use new tools to help make better technology investment, R&D or strategic partnering decisions
  • develop greater future readiness for managing the ongoing convergence of technologies

Course Overview
Throughout human history, new technologies have been major drivers of economic, political, social and environmental change. For the past 250 years, such impacts have played out over a succession of industrial revolutions beginning with steam powered production then mass production, followed by increased digitalization, and now the rapid convergence and diffusion technologies across all industries.

This course will introduce participants to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods that technology forecasters and futurists use when considering potential impacts that evolving, emerging and converging technologies might have on their organizations, industries and society. By challenging assumptions and working through a range of scenarios, participants will develop the knowledge and skills needed to better assess how technologies may impact their future.

Facilitator Information
Dr. Peter Bishop is the founder and Executive Director of Teach the Future, a global organization introducing futures thinking into various school curricula around the world. Previously, for 30 years, he led the Master’s in Foresight program at the University of Houston, one of the world’s leading graduate futures thinking degrees. With his co-author, Andy Hines, he wrote Teaching About the Future, a widely used ‘go to’ manual for experienced and aspiring foresight practitioners seeking to expand their toolkits. Dr. Bishop has earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University as well as an MA and PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University.

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  • Dates and Fees

    Fall 2021 Online Session:

    Day 1: Wednesday, October 20
    Day 2: Wednesday, October 27
    Both days from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

    $795.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses. *Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    • Business strategists and planners who wish to learn how to peer into the future to determine the potential impacts of technology-led change
    • General and functional managers who wish to reduce risk to their businesses and maintain competitive advantage
    • Managers with investing, innovation or R&D mandates who wish to identify potential investment or technology partnering opportunities
    • Technology analysts who wish to expand and sharpen their toolkits
    • Policy planners who wish to better understand how technologies may impact key public domains or issue areas
  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at petruzl@mcmaster.ca.

  • Learn More

    For more information, please contact Andreea Calic at calica@mcmaster.ca.