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Stephen Harwood

founder at TechnoForeSight

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr Stephen Harwood has held a variety of roles including that of geophysicist, writer, educator, change agent, entrepreneur and director. His experience spans the coal-oil, electronics and tourism industries. He is currently attached to the University of Edinburgh, from where he was awarded his Doctorate. Further, he recently founded TechnoForeSight to promote developments in the future of technology, work and education. His publications span a range of topics including technology futures, ERP implementation, makerspaces, and sustainability. His passion for #TechForGood, Sustainability and the handling of complex situations is grounded in his theoretical work in the domains of cybernetics and systems thinking. Current projects include the development of skills for handling complex situations, especially relating to sustainable development, and providing support to social enterprises. This draws upon a new approach for dealing with complexity: the VIPLAN Methodology.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Edinburgh, UK
Speaking Topics: Emerging technologies, Handling Complexity, Sustainability

Stephen Harwood Points
Academic 15
Author 72
Influencer 12
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 99

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual

Areas of Expertise

Autonomous Vehicles
Business Strategy 30.20
Change Management 30.19
Design Thinking
Digital Transformation 30.22
Emerging Technology 30.35
ERP 33.61
Future of Work 30.03
Supply Chain
Digital Disruption 30.24
CSR 30.23
Diversity and Inclusion 31.57
Social 31.16

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services


1 Academic Award
The Domestication of ICTs - the case of the online practices of Scottish serviced accommodation providers
Business School, University of Edinburgh.
February 26, 2023
Doctoral Thesis

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Tags: Digital Transformation

2 Article/Blogs
Do We Need To Think About Digital Technology In A New Way?
Webex Ahead Thought Leadership [CISCO]
November 22, 2022

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Tags: CSR, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Envisioning the future of work
April 08, 2022

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology, Future of Work

1 Book
ERP: The Implementation Cycle
February 26, 2023

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Tags: ERP

1 Book Chapter
The emergence of makerspaces, hackerspaces and fab labs: Dewey’s democratic communities of the 21st Century?
London, Emerald Publishing
February 26, 2023

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Tags: Social, Diversity and Inclusion

2 Journal Publications
Introducing the VIPLAN Methodology (with VSM) for handling messy situations – nine lessons.
Systemic Practice and Action Research.
February 26, 2023

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Change Management, Business Strategy

Conceptualising technology, its development and future: The six genres of technology
Technological Forecasting and Social Change
October 01, 2020
One approach to developing futuristic views of technology is to draw upon experience and expertise. However, this becomes increasingly speculative as one moves to more distant timelines and visionary technological forms. This raises the question of whether it is possible to rationally predict how a technology development trajectory might unfold into the future, perhaps to some ‘ultimate form’, that is accessible, surfaces the necessary technological features for development as well as considers the implications for human–artefact relationships.

The proposed approach is conceptually grounded in a parsimonious framework that examines different configurations of human–artefact relationships, revealing ‘Six Genres of Technology’. This suggests how the shift from human-human to artefact-artefact and the increasing autonomy of the artefacts (technological beings), introduces specific features to each of the six Genres. Four features are identified in the later Genres that in combination, could be construed as, or indeed pose a threat: autonomy, intelligence, language, and autopoiesis.

This paper advances the debate about future technological developments by using the proposed framework to structure an argument about the key issues that should be discussed today - so that the developments of tomorrow can be more reflectively considered, appropriately debated and knowingly pursued.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

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