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Requisite Foresight in Knowledge Enhanced E-business

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Requisite variety has influenced concepts of environmental relations of organizationfor almost half a century. This article develops the concept of ‘requisite foresight’on the basis of its roots in cybernetics and extends its applicability to contemporaryknowledge management. Organization theory incorporating a temporal aspectand reaching for ‘requisite foresight’ challenges a dualistic and rigid interpretation oforganizational environment. If considered within a network of organizations ‘distributedknowledge’ paves the way for ‘requisite foresight’. A ‘foresight’ approach explainsprevalent perspectives in new e-business applications, like supply chain managementand customer relationship management. Concluding, ‘requisite foresight’merges strands of reasoning useful to the expansion of organizational models in theknowledge economy.

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Mogens Kühn Pedersen

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