Futures Thinking and Strategy Development


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Next Sessions

29 Apr - 02 May 2019

4 days

Carlton Campus

A$ 8400

02 Dec - 05 Dec 2019

4 days

Carlton Campus

A$ 8400


Futures Thinking and Strategy Development

Learn how to plan for future business growth and survival with our Futures Thinking and Strategy Development program.

Featuring, international futurist Dr Sohail Inayatullah, the program shows you how to plan for the future, learn from it and make impactful decisions to realise your vision. While analysing past and future trends, you’ll also be able to apply the strategic skills needed to anticipate opportunities and mitigate threats facing your organisation, while building your organisational resilience and ability to respond to any disruption to your goals.

Dr Robert Burke
Program Director, Futures Thinking and Strategy Development

"This program provided the lateral thinking skills that I was looking for. Having completed an MBA and a company director course, I wanted to develop my future-thinking, strategy-building tools to complement my business education to date. This experience was world-class, and I’d recommend it to everyone."

David Lewis
CEO | Les Mills Asia Pacific
Canberra, Australia

Who should attend?

  • Executives responsible for shaping, developing and implementing strategy within their organisation 
  • C-suites and senior executives who want to better understand future trends and scenarios in order to make strategic decisions. 

Key benefits

  • Analyse past and future trends, including major disruptions to your business and business model
  • Identify new opportunities
  • Anticipate and manage change
  • Better forecast your organisation’s future
  • Increase strategic agility and adaptability
  • Develop organisational resilience
  • Articulate organisational scenarios.

Program journey

Your program journey is designed to ensure you emerge with new skills and behaviours, aligned with your learning goals.

Program preparation
  • Access to workshop materials and networking through our online-learning platform.

Program  (Optional residential)
Onsite program delivery will commence at 9:00am on day 1 of the program and conclude at approximately 5:00pm on the final day.

The following key themes are explored:

  • Anticipating the future
  • Deepening the future
  • Beyond scenario planning
  • Transforming the future.


  • Continued access to workshop materials and facilitators through our online-learning platform.

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Dr Robert Burke
Program Director | Futures Thinking and Strategy Development.

Robert Burke Robert is an experienced businessman, specialising in organisational strategy. Through his senior management roles, he has a deep appreciation of the challenges faced by senior managers and leaders. His innovative methods create positive energy for reconsidering organisational purpose and examining how organisational leaders can create more dignified and sustainable outcomes for both their organisation and society as a whole.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah
Co-facilitator| Futures Thinking and Strategy Development
Futurist at the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University, and Melbourne Business School Executive Education Co-facilitator, Sohail has over 30 years’ experience as a forward thinker and is the first UNESCO Chair in Future Studies. He has helped leaders from Canada, Turkey, Thailand, Australia and elsewhere create the narrative they need to shape their future. Sohail provides the learning framework to consider alternatives and get the future right.

Dates and fees


29 Apr - 02 May 2019
4 days
Carlton Campus
A$ 8400
02 Dec - 05 Dec 2019
4 days
Carlton Campus
A$ 8400
This is an non-residential program. The program fee covers tuition, learning materials and meals during the workshop. As evening activities are part of the program, we strongly recommend that participants stay at our preferred, nearby, hotel provider, Rydges on Swanston, or arrange accommodation close to our Carlton campus. Rydges offer Melbourne Business School participants special rates and exclusive benefits.

Applications typically close two weeks prior to commencement, however, to secure your place we encourage you to apply early. Applications received less than two weeks prior to commencement will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Phone:  +61 3 9349 8788 |  Email: programs@mbs.edu

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