Ian Morrison is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist
specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis
on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research
and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and
private organizations plan their longer-term future.
He has written, lectured, and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting,
strategy, and health care topics for government, industry, and a variety
of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Morrison
has addressed a range of audiences from the boards of Fortune 100 companies
to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. He has worked with
more than 100
Fortune 500 companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology, and financial
services. Recent client sponsors include GE, Kaiser Permanente and the
Mayo Clinic. He is a frequent commentator on the future for television,
radio, and the print media.
Mr. Morrison is the author of
Leading Change in Health Care: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow (AHA Press/Health Forum, 2011), and
Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). His previous book:
The Second Curve – Managing The Velocity of Change (Ballantine, 1996) was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek
Bestseller. He has co-authored several books and chapters, including
Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years (William Morrow, 1994) and
Looking Ahead at American Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1988). He also has co-authored numerous journal articles
for publications such as
Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British
Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.
In addition, Mr. Morrison is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives
(SHP), (a forecasting service for clients in the health care industry),
along with joint venture partners Harris Interactive and the Harvard School
of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. He
is president emeritus of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). From 1996-1999,
he was retained by Accenture as chairman of the Health Futures Forum and
chaired a number of its Health Futures Forums in Asia, Australasia, and
Before coming to IFTF in 1985, Mr. Morrison spent seven years in British
Columbia, Canada, in a variety of research, teaching, and consulting positions.
He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University
of British Columbia; an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh,
Scotland, and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University
of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He is a past member of the board of directors
of SFN Group (an NYSE company); a past director of the Health Research
and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American
Hospital Association; a past director of the Center for Health Design;
and a director and past-chair of the California Health Care Foundation.
He has also served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee
of the Program for Health Systems Improvement at Harvard University.
Mr. Morrison is a proud member of GlobalScot, a network of Scottish expatriates
convened by the new Scottish Executive to help promote Scotland’s
economic development interests internationally. True to his Scottish roots,
Mr. Morrison is an avid, though average, golfer.