Timelines into the Future: Strategic Visioning Methods for Government, Business and Other Organizations argues that foresight is an important aspect of winning in the 21st Century. That includes countries, companies, and other organizations from universities to hospitals to n-profits. If the United States wants a future in which liberty, prosperity and peace are increasing throughout the world, the U.S. must remain a superpower. That requires planning, vision, and a grand strategy. Failure to develop a U.S. vision and national strategy that ensures our superpower status may yield a future where China or ather emerging power will dictate the world. Every organization needs a vision, too-every company, n-profit, school, church, and government agency or department, whether they are local, state, national or global. The processes are all generally the same. This book addresses how to go about developing such foresight in establishing a grand strategy.
Sheila R. Ronis is Director of the MBA and Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Programs at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan where she teaches the capstone of the MBA program in strategy and policy. She is also President of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm, and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, national security and public policy. Her B.S. is in Physics and Mathematics. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in Organizational and Social Systems Behavior. Dr. Ronis came to Walsh having worked in industry and government at AT&T and The Department of Energy. Her clients have ranged from General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company to the U.S. Department of Defense, Congress and the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Known as a systems strategist, Dr. Ronis has authored 172 papers and 2 books. She has been studying the national security implications of the economic element of national power for nearly 2 decades. The Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives asked her to take a systems scientist approach to the erosion of the industrial base last year and in the summer of 2006 she began work on the Project on National Security Reform under the direction of the Honorable James R. Locher, III.