Horizon scanning is an ambiguous concept and difficult to define. Within the context of central government authorities, it can be interpreted as an umbrella term for a variety of activities that monitors and analyzes changes in the external environment. As a phenomenon and discourse, horizon scanning is more common today compared to ten years ago. More central government authorities have a formal or semi-formal organization for horizon scanning. Modern information technology and external consultants play in many cases a central role in development. Organizational problems such as lack of resources, competence and management’s commitment remain for many central government authorities.Futures studies; Horizon scanning; Planning; Central government; Authorities; Framtidsstudier; Omvärldsanalys; Omvärldsbevakning; Verksamhetsplanering; Statliga myndigheter
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