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In this MOOC, you will learn how to better anticipate the future, and reinvent yourself and your activity accordingly. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to account for the broader context and the possible convergence of long-term trends, and thus be able to develop a long-term, consistent strategy and vision, beyond mere day-to-day tactics. Thanks to this approach and mindset, you will become more agile and more resilient in a highly complex and uncertain landscape. In this class, you will not only learn the academic and theoretical aspects of strategic foresight, uncertainty and planning. We will also discuss very practical examples, ranging from a discussion on choosing the best outfit for a walk in the countryside to building a vision and strategy for a corporation as a CEO. In practical assessments, you will apply this broad approach to sample examples as well as to your personal and professional challenges. So if you are an entrepreneur, this course will help you identify the new ideas, the new business model and/or the new products that will help you remain relevant in the future. If you are a manager or an executive, by taking this course, you will be able to test whether your current approach and allocation of resources are appropriate given tomorrow's possible challenges. More generally, all kinds of decision-makers who look to think more strategically about their position and seek to improve it will find this course useful to think about the future constructively....
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, French...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Clock
5 hours to complete

Taking a Deep Dive Into the Future

This module will introduce you to the overall theme of the MOOC and to the significance of forward thinking. At the end of the module, you will be able to understand the objectives you should aim for when thinking about the future, to have a better grasp of the overall roadmap this requires especially in terms of anticipation and in terms of reinvention....
Reading
5 videos (Total 25 min), 9 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Our roadmap to thinking about the future5m
An approach for better anticipation7m
A special note on reinvention5m
Wrap-up3m
Reading9 readings
Lesson objectives10m
Continue the conversation beyond this MOOC!10m
Regarding the assignments in this class10m
Regarding the readings10m
To go further: Making Strategic Analysis Matter10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: The Power of Market Creation10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Readings on secular stagnation10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz8m
Practice Quiz Lesson6m
Practice Quiz6m
Graded Quiz20m
Week
2
Clock
6 hours to complete

Drawing the Map of the Future

This module will introduce you to the basic tools you need to master in order to identify the forces shaping the future. In particular, you will familiarize yourself with the basics of horizon scanning, historical analysis, feedback, microeconomic analysis and cultural analysis. After completing this module, you will be able to understand the factors that can influence future scenarios and to define and describe these potential future scenarios. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 50 min), 11 readings, 6 quizzes
Video9 videos
Planning for the future: the example of the future of technology4m
Planning for the future: Conclusion2m
Horizon scanning8m
Historical analysis7m
Feedback6m
Microeconomic analysis4m
Cultural analysis6m
Wrap-up5m
Reading11 readings
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: The death or rebirth of innovation, growth10m
To go further: Living in the futures10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Readings on historical analysis10m
To go further: Thinking about what the current world tells you10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Why did the price of oil drop?10m
To go further: Thinking about the role of culture10m
Lesson ojectives10m
To go further: Readings on what we don't know10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Practice Quiz2m
Practice Quiz6m
Practice Quiz6m
Practice Quiz6m
Graded Quiz20m
Week
3
Clock
5 hours to complete

Don't Let Risk and Uncertainty Impress You!

After having thought about the forces shaping the future, it is time to think about what is not fixed in the landscape, what is not pre-determined, what is unknown. This module introduces the concepts of uncertainty and risk. At the end of this module, you'll have a better grasp of the strategic implications of risk and uncertainty in terms of decisions in business and beyond. In particular, you'll consider how you can make yourself and your activity more flexible and agile, as well as more resilient....
Reading
7 videos (Total 40 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
Video7 videos
Living in two world at once7m
Flexibility v. Resilience : On Flexibility4m
Flexibility v. Resilience : On Resilience5m
What living in the linear world requires7m
What living in the chaotic world requires7m
Wrap-up5m
Reading8 readings
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Reading on the uncertainty around you10m
To go further: Reading on "known knowns"10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Thinking about "fragility"10m
To go further: Reading on creative destruction10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Before you think you're done...10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Practice quiz6m
Practice Quiz10m
Practice Quiz4m
Graded Quiz20m
Week
4
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8 hours to complete

Becoming a Game-Changer

It is about time we consider the implications this has for you -- because remember, a true leader is not only an effective analyst and manager but also an individual able to act upon information and able to make a true difference in the landscape. This module is designed to help you understand how you can act upon the analysis you've carried out using the tools and the approaches in modules 2 and 3. At the end of this module, you will not only understand how to transform your analysis into a concrete long-term strategy, but also how you may be able to shape the landscape to your advantage....
Reading
7 videos (Total 42 min), 10 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
Accounting for the human factor in your anticipation effort3m
Understanding the motivations of others8m
The manager, the leader, and the others1m
Meet the Rule Breakers9m
Thinking strategically today8m
Wrap-up4m
Reading10 readings
Lesson objectives10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: The dollar auction game10m
Lesson objectives10m
To go further: Designing and engineering the situation you want to be in10m
To go further: David v. Goliath10m
To go further: Avoiding divorce 10110m
To go further: Reinventing leverage10m
To go further: Philosophers in the private sector?10m
Lesson objectives10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Practice Quiz2m
Practice Quiz4m
Practice Quiz4m
Practice Quiz4m
Graded Quiz20m

Instructor

Jeremy Ghez

Affiliate Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Economics and Decision Sciences

About HEC Paris

HEC Paris, founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is one of France’s oldest elite higher education Grandes Ecoles. Throughout its 130-year history, HEC Paris has consistently attracted individuals highly capable and talented, innovative and entrepreneurial, ambitious and open-minded, capable of becoming architects of a responsible world. What makes HEC unique is its conviction shared by the HEC community: knowledge determines the freedom and entrepreneurship required for a better world....

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