ME2809 Trendspotting & Future Thinking 7.5 credits
Trendspotting & Future Thinking
What unites different disciplines is the concept of speculating about future trends. It is an area that is not owned by any one discipline. This course seeks to introduce the students to the concept of these trends, trendspotting and future thinking. Furthermore the course will introduce the students to the tools needed to understand trends and their role in society and how to best forsee and work with them in new business creation and developement.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)C
Subject areaIndustrial Management
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 12 P2 (7.5 credits)
Start date2012 week: 43
End date2013 week: 1
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of places *5 - 15
*) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleTerrence Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Elective for all programmes
After this course the student should perceive trendspotting as a clear, understandable and approachable tool in new business creation and development and be able to:
1. investigate the human fascination with the concept of the future and outline pitfalls in future thinking
2. investigate and further develop the different ways in which future thinking can be mastered
3. explore and discuss different types of trends from macro- and megatrends to fashionable fads and microtrends
4. reveal and further develop reliable sources for trendspotting
Course main content
What unites different disciplines is the concept of speculating about future trends. Thinking about the future and what potential clues can divulge about how it will reveal itself unites people across disciplines and professional purposes. It is an area that is not owned by any one discipline. This course seeks to introduce the students to the concept of these trends, trendspotting and future thinking. Furthermore the course will introduce the students to the tools needed to understand trends and their role in society and how to best forsee and work with them in new business creation and developement.
There will be 2 weekly sessions lasting 2 hours each for 7 weeks. Each session will focus on a different tool in the trendspotter’s toolbox, and be organized around the students insights gathered using the tool and discussions about the applicability of these insights. These tools include, but are not limited to:
1. Visioning and scenario planning
2. Blogs and blogging
3. Anthropology and sociology
4. Interviews and focus groups
The course will mix and match lectures with debates, discussions and exercises by the students as well as leaders in the field.
Programme students at KTH must have a minimum of 120 ECTS, especially in the areas of design, technology, economics, medicine or biomedicine. A passionate interest in trends and the future will be helpful.
For all other students 180 hp is required as well as English A + B, or equivalent.
Programme students at KTH must have a minimum of 120 ECTS.
For all other student 180 hp is requiered as well as English A + B, or equivalent.
Will be announced at the start of the course.
- PRO1 - Project, 7.5 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Requirements for final grade
Attendance is compulsory.
ITM/Industrial Economics and Management
Lisa Thorén-Forsanker, email@example.com
All registration queries should be addressed to the SSES Education Registrat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is offered within the framework of The Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.
Responsible institution. Konstfack
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 08.