Researching the future: method or madness?

Eddie Blass
2003 Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies  
This paper examines the methodological issues behind futures studies, questioning whether it is possible to claim a futures study as methodologically 'sound'., and critiquing how futures methodology fits within the methodological paradigms currently recognised in the research field. The extent to which futures methodology can be considered a paradigm in its own right is also examined as are the assumptive foundations of future studies. While all the evidence raises many questions as to the form
more » ... of futures methodology, the lack of clarity does not make a futures study invalid or unreliable, and hence sensemaking from the chaos of futures 'data' does ensure that futures studies can be based on method rather than madness.
doi:10.1016/s0016-3287(03)00069-7 fatcat:e4rq2sgq7nesvbhwls4o4c2bqa