Tacit assumption

A tacit assumption or implicit assumption is an assumption that underlies a logical argument, course of action, decision, or judgment that is not explicitly voiced nor necessarily understood by the decision maker or judge. These assumptions may be made based on personal life experiences, and are not consciously apparent in the decision making environment. These assumptions can be the source of apparent paradoxes, misunderstandings and resistance to change in human organizational behavior.

In Pyrrhonism, the problem of assumption is one of the five tropes of Agrippa the Skeptic which demonstrate that there is no secure basis for belief.

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Further readingEdit

  • Edgar H. Schein, Organizational Culture and Leadership, Jossey-Bass, 2004, ISBN 0-7879-7597-4