Using Scenario Planning in Regional Development Context: The Challenges and Opportunities
Journal article, 2013

Purpose – Planning under conditions of uncertainty is more demanding than doing the same under less uncertain circumstances. Planning which is coupled to high level of uncertainty requires good strategic thinking by the planners. There are a number of methods used for planning under such circumstances. Among these methods is scenario planning. Scenario planning has been used for classical management to help organizations and firms in their decision-making activities. One area where scenario planning has not been used intensively, according to the authors’ understanding, is in a regional development context and especially in relation to the innovation aspects and policy issues. Design/methodology/approach – In this paper, the authors discuss and exemplify the possible utilization of scenario planning to promote innovation in a regional development context. They look at the hidden potential of the method and discuss the challenges of its utilization. To run their analysis, they use a number of cases from the health sector. These cases are unique because they also involved input from a number of actors of the regional innovation system. Findings – The authors found that scenario planning is a valuable tool to deal with regional development schemes under high level of uncertainty and where diverse actors from the regional innovation system are involved. Originality/value – The authors argue in this work that scenario planning has the potential to be used, at a more intense scale, in promoting innovation activities in organizations within the context of a regional development drive. Surely, scenario planning need be considered when discussing innovation in relation to introduction of new therapies, new educational schemes, and other regional development initiatives.

Regenerative medicine

Internetization management

Scenario planning

Regional development

The entrepreneurial remedy model

Healthcare sector

Health care


Boo Edgar

University of Gothenburg

A Abouzeedan

University of Gothenburg

Thomas Hedner

University of Gothenburg

Karl Maack

University of Gothenburg

Mats Lundqvist

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

2042-5945 (ISSN)

Vol. 10 2 103-122

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Business Administration

Areas of Advance

Life Science Engineering (2010-2018)

Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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