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Strategic Foresight

Be proactive in shaping your future!

In Strategic Foresight, we take a proactive approach to analyzing risks and opportunities for your company by systematically thinking ahead and anticipating future developments. Using advanced foresight methods, we optimize your future product and project portfolio, identify cost-effective solutions and identify new sales potential for your company. We are able to break out of old thinking patterns and create a visionary future for companies. These are based on future-oriented decision-making mechanisms and innovation activities. Strategic Foresight helps you to recognize the signs of change and enables you to shape your future independently.

Recognize trends

What are the drivers of change for your business? How will your ecosystem evolve? What vision do you want to pursue? How can key stakeholders be involved to participate in shaping the future of your company?

Understand challenges

What are the impacts of future-oriented insights? How can you prepare for them? What actions and resources are needed? How can you enhance your capabilities to better respond to change? How can you strengthen your network and partnerships to prepare for future challenges? How can we quantitatively evaluate, optimize and manage the effectiveness of our measures and the allocation of resources to meet future challenges?

Shape future

How can you focus and control your innovation activities and budgets across different business units and functions? How can future value creating networks be designed? How can value contributions and ROI be systematically increased?

Why strategic foresight?

40 questions that will determine your future viability ... which can be answered using UNITY future scenarios
1
Strategy

How do we ensure our company´s future
success?
What strategic course do we need to set
now for tomorrow?
How urgent is the need for change in
our business?
How can we set up a future-proof
organizational structure?

2
M&A

Which companies will make our future
portfolio complete?
In which areas should we scout for
possible aquisitions?
Which technologies/ applications must be
secured through acquisitions?
Which future players threaten our
established business

3
Distribution

Who will be the customers of the future?
What will be future customer contact
points?
What will tomorrow´s customer service
look like?
What route to market will we take to
reach our customers

4
IT

How is technology and digitalization
changing our business?
What are the requirements for tomorrow´s
IT infrastructure?
What role will IT play in the future?
Which IT investment strategy is futureproof?

5
Finance

Which sales positions will be at risk in the
future?
How will future dynamics change our cost
structures?
How will our department generate value in
the future?
What role will „Finance“ play in
the future?

6
HR

How will we work in the future?
What skills will our employees need to
be successful in the future?
In the future, what will make a job
attractive?
How will structures and personnel
requirements change?

7
Production

What will production look like in
the future?
What production capacities and
capabilities do we need to maintain
for the future?
In the future, what value chain will we
have to fit into?
What opportunities and risks will arise
from new production technologies?

8
R&D

Which R&D projects do we have to
invest in in order to be correctly
positioned in the future?
What solutions do we have to look for
today, in order to meet the customer
requirements of tomorrow?
Which qualifications will be crucial in
the future?
Which reserach partners are essential
for future success?

9
Marketing

What are tomorrow´s customer needs?
How will we interact with customers in
the future?
What characteristics and value proposition
does our brand need to provide in the
future?
What role will marketing play in
the future?

10
Procurement

How do we set up a robust supplier
structure in the future?
Where will we buy in the future?
Will our supplier network fulfill future
requirements?
What will we buy in the future?

  • 1. Strategy

    How do we ensure our company´s future
    success?
    What strategic course do we need to set
    now for tomorrow?
    How urgent is the need for change in
    our business?
    How can we set up a future-proof
    organizational structure?

  • 2. M&A

    Which companies will make our future
    portfolio complete?
    In which areas should we scout for
    possible aquisitions?
    Which technologies/ applications must be
    secured through acquisitions?
    Which future players threaten our
    established business

  • 3. Distribution

    Who will be the customers of the future?
    What will be future customer contact
    points?
    What will tomorrow´s customer service
    look like?
    What route to market will we take to
    reach our customers

  • 4. IT

    How is technology and digitalization
    changing our business?
    What are the requirements for tomorrow´s
    IT infrastructure?
    What role will IT play in the future?
    Which IT investment strategy is futureproof?

  • 5. Finance

    Which sales positions will be at risk in the
    future?
    How will future dynamics change our cost
    structures?
    How will our department generate value in
    the future?
    What role will „Finance“ play in
    the future?

  • 6. HR

    How will we work in the future?
    What skills will our employees need to
    be successful in the future?
    In the future, what will make a job
    attractive?
    How will structures and personnel
    requirements change?

  • 7. Production

    What will production look like in
    the future?
    What production capacities and
    capabilities do we need to maintain
    for the future?
    In the future, what value chain will we
    have to fit into?
    What opportunities and risks will arise
    from new production technologies?

  • 8. R&D

    Which R&D projects do we have to
    invest in in order to be correctly
    positioned in the future?
    What solutions do we have to look for
    today, in order to meet the customer
    requirements of tomorrow?
    Which qualifications will be crucial in
    the future?
    Which reserach partners are essential
    for future success?

  • 9. Marketing

    What are tomorrow´s customer needs?
    How will we interact with customers in
    the future?
    What characteristics and value proposition
    does our brand need to provide in the
    future?
    What role will marketing play in
    the future?

  • 10. Procurement

    How do we set up a robust supplier
    structure in the future?
    Where will we buy in the future?
    Will our supplier network fulfill future
    requirements?
    What will we buy in the future?

9 challenges for the future

Identifying growth fields
Securing/prioritizing decisions
Recognizing opportunities and risks
Initiating change processes
Creating a common vision
Understanding complex correlations
Supporting cross-departmental collaboration
Inspiring and motivating
Identifying new business models & sources of income

Consulting services Strategic Foresight

Recognize and understand the future

Your challenges

  • Uncertainty in the face of major technological changes
  • Upcoming market changes and competitive pressure require the identification of risk and alternative scenarios
  • Unclear vision or picture of the future, lack of long-term strategy

UNITY solution approach

  • Raise awareness of future change processes and create a shared understanding of your future ecosystem
  • Identification of specific trends
  • Creation of scenarios and derivation of technology systems
  • Derive, among others, new market requirements, changes in the value chain, and strategic implications
  • Make strategic decisions in dynamic environments
Evaluate business potential

Your challenges

  • Focusing on future market opportunities and making decisions about the future direction of the service offering

UNITY solution approach

  • Derive and evaluate growth areas in terms of business and market potential (quantitative approach)
  • Develop ideas for new products, services and business model opportunities (qualitative approach)
  • Review the stability and future robustness of your company and business model
  • Define requirements for initiatives, sillks and capabilities

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Realize business potential and manage ROI

Your challenges

  • Minimizing risks of the market access strategy in a dynamic environment (Which products in which markets to which customers?)

UNITY solution approach

  • Develop a coordinated and balanced portfolio to manage resources for maximum strategic value and financial ROI
  • Build a strategic roadmap with clear business strategy objectives and value propositions
  • Allocate resources optimally on real issues of the future
  • Strategies and integration in the area of venturing & partnering

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Strategic Foresight
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Sprint-based and pragmatic: We work with you to create a vision of the future and quantify the potential of your growth areas.

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Project stories Strategic Foresight

  • AI-Scenarios: Future High-Tech Mobility
  • Group-wide Innovation Foresight Process
  • Strategic R&D focus
  • Real Estate 2030
  • Development of a common vision 2025 and derivation of action fields for implementation
  • Scenarios for the future of the marine business
  • Concrete use cases and relevant technologies identified
  • Development of Future Scenarios

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Contacts Strategic Foresight

Dr. Dominik Fischer

Head of Strategy & Innovation

Paderborn, Germany
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Dr. Michael Herbst

Partner, Head of Business Area

Cologne, Germany
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Kristin Korsmeier

Senior Team Leader, Senior Manager

Munich, Germany
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Dennis R. Schmidt

Partner, Senior Team Leader

Hamburg, Germany
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