Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Strategic assumption surfacing and testing (SAST)

  • Saul I. Gass
  • Carl M. Harris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_1006

A problem structuring method for use in situations where decisive action is obstructed by internal disagreements. Coherent sub-groups are formed with the purpose of advocating differing strategies, and each identifies the significant assumption on which its preferred strategy depends. The sub-groups are then reunited to debate the differences in assumptions, with the aim of achieving a compromise on assumptions so that a consensus strategy can be derived.  Problem structuring methods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saul I. Gass
    • 1
  • Carl M. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of MarylandCollege PartUSA
  2. 2.School of Information Technology & EngineeringGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA