Advancing futures thinking in the real estate field

Saija Toivonen*

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to study the user experiences of the futures wheel method to investigate its suitability to advance futures thinking in the real estate field. Design/methodology/approach: The user experiences of the futures wheel method are investigated through questionnaire answers of 114 master’s level students and real estate experts taking part in future wheel workshops. Findings: The futures wheel method could enhance future-oriented thinking and decision-making in the real estate field. The respondents see futures thinking as an important skill and recognize several advantages concerning the method. Practical implications: The futures wheel method bears great potential to be used in the real estate sector and it could be a fruitful addition to the curriculums at different education levels in real estate studies. Social implications: Futures thinking is essential when aiming for sustainable decisions in the real estate field which again would benefit the whole surrounding society. Originality/value: This paper is the first published paper concentrating on the user experiences of the future wheel method in the real estate sector. The benefits and the disadvantages of the method are investigated but also the attitudes indicating the potential of the method to be successfully adopted in the field are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-166
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of European Real Estate Research
Issue number1
Early online date22 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Curriculum development
  • Forecasting
  • Future studies
  • Futures wheel
  • Real estate education


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