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​The future success, if not the very survival, of organisations depends on the ability of decision-makers to identify and to act on constantly changing internal and external forces within the business environment. Strategic planners, who  need to ensure that they are well-prepared to meet the many challenges facing them, can obtain support from the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) which will assist them in planning and strategic foresight.

Established in 1974, the IFR at the Stellenbosch University aims to provide a comprehensive service in business futuristics to decision-makers. The philosophy of the IFR is that institutions can create the future they desire by clearly visualising what they want, and achieving it by understanding positive factors and obstacles on the path to success. 

To gain access to the wide array of services that the IFR provides, organisations are invited to become Associates (members). Membership also enables organisations to join a network of business leaders and other stakeholders involved in planning for their long-term future. Join as an Associate​.​