Dr. J. 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.
Morrison is President Emeritus of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). He is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives, a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. From 1996-1999, Morrison was retained by Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, as Chairman of the Health Futures Forum. In that capacity, he chaired a number of international forums on the future of healthcare.
Before coming to IFTF in 1985, 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 director and chair of the California Health Care Foundation; a director of the new Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles; a past director of the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American Hospital Association; and a past director of the Center for Healthcare Design. Morrison currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association. He also served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of the Program on Health System Improvement at Harvard University.
Morrison is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership. His previous book, The Second Curve – Managing The Velocity of Change, was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller. Morrison has co-authored several other books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years and Looking Ahead at American Health Care.