In modern day business, managing environmental change has become a vital part of building success. Changes in technology or business conditions can have a drastic effect on the business in the long run. One of the more potent tools proposed to avert this problem is scenario planning. It has been noticed in multiple occasions that traditional forecasting is vulnerable to sudden changes; scenario planning aims to work around the problems of forecasting by mapping the possibilities of the future with a wider perspective. The purpose of this study is to test whether the scenario process can be facilitated with a group support system (GSS) and whether it presents positive gains to the scenario process. According to the two case studies processed in this paper, it seems that GSS indeed holds potential for facilitating the scenario process. On average, people participating in GSS supported sessions have found that GSS enhances group work in the scenario process and that the concept of creating satisfactory scenario with GSS support is feasible.
Piirainen, Kalle; Kortelainen, Samuli; Elfvengren, Kalle; and Tuominen, Markku, "A Framework for Utilizing Group Support Systems in Scenario Process" (2006). ICEB 2006 Proceedings. 4.