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Volume 11, Issue 2 (1982)

The Forces Shaping the 1980s

pp. 112—126

General turbulence and uncertainty made forecasting events in the 1970s a critical element of most strategic plans and decisions. The unpredictability of the environment during the last decade appears likely to persist well into the 1980s, and the kinds of decisions that must address this unpredictability are certain to grow in number and complexity. Our work suggests that the next 10 years could just as easily be an era of extreme difficulty for many, as it could be a time of recovery and opportunity. This paper presents two different scenarios—two different views—of the 1980s as a tool for understanding the major forces, trends, and key uncertainties that will shape the environment in the United States.

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