A1 Journal article (refereed)
Creating futures images for sustainable cruise ships : insights on collaborative foresight for sustainability enhancement (2022)

Jokinen, L., Mäkelä, M., Heikkilä, K., Apostol, O., Kalliomäki, H., & Saarni, J. (2022). Creating futures images for sustainable cruise ships : insights on collaborative foresight for sustainability enhancement. Futures, 135, Article 102873. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102873

The research was funded by Strategic Research Council at the Research Council of Finland.

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All authors or editors: Jokinen, Leena; Mäkelä, Marileena; Heikkilä, Katariina; Apostol, Oana; Kalliomäki, Helka; Saarni, Jouni

Journal or series: Futures

ISSN: 0016-3287

eISSN: 1873-6378

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 135

Article number: 102873

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2021.102873

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78987


The aim of the study was to explore futures images of collaborative sustainability enhancement within a cruise ship building network. Addressing collaborative sustainability at the organizational level rather than at the macro (regional or planetary) level, the paper explores socially constructed and shared futures images, which are less widely studied than individual-level images of the future. We advance an analytical model for constructing and evaluating collectively held futures images based on the structure and content of those images. From our data, we identified four futures images: Money rules; The customer is always right; Local economy focus; and The most sustainable ships in the world. From the perspective of collaborative sustainability enhancement, we contend that futures images can provide a basis for target-setting and a frame for sustainability enhancement actions.

Keywords: shipbuilding industry; shipbuilding; cruise ships; economical sustainability; ecological sustainability; social sustainability; futures research; forecasts

Free keywords: futures images; collaborative foresight; cruise ship building; sustainability; shipbuilding network; futures

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Reporting Year: 2022

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