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A confidential survey revealed that 75% of the employees of Company P are dissatisfied with their jobs. However, investigation into working conditions at the company showed nothing uncommonly bad. Therefore, Company P’s consulting firm concluded that the employee’s dissatisfaction must result from an unusually high incidence of psychological problems on their part.

Each of the following, if true, casts doubt on the consulting firm’s conclusion EXCEPT:

a) in the investigation of working conditions, no account was taken of the fact that for the past year many Company P employees worked on a joint venture with Company O, at Company O’s facilities.
b) Workers in many companies are dissatisfied although there are no apparent problems with their working conditions
c) The consulting firm’s conception of what constitutes uncommonly bad working conditions is not identical to that of Company P’s employees.
d) The reason given by Company P’s employees for their dissatisfaction varied greatly from employee to employee
e) A battery of set performed on Company P’s employees one month ago revealed no significant psychological stresses or problems
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 01:45
B for me

The consulting firm's (CF) conclusion was that the employees of company P are dissatisfied because of their own psychological problems. The question then asks us to find out which argument DOES NOT go against this conclusion, in other words - goes with the conclusion of the consulting firm.

A -> "no account was taken of the fact that for the past year many Company P employees worked on a joint venture with Company O, at Company O’s facilities." - Does not go along with the conclusion of the CF as it examines another aspect of the cause of dissatisfaction.

C -> "The consulting firm’s conception of what constitutes uncommonly bad working conditions is not identical to that of Company P’s employees" - Does not go along with the CF's conclusion as it challenges the basic premises of the CF's conclusion

D -> "The reason given by Company P’s employees for their dissatisfaction varied greatly from employee to employee" - Does not go as it challenges the data collection and interpretation methods of the CF

E -> "A battery of set performed on Company P’s employees one month ago revealed no significant psychological stresses or problems" - Is the absolute opposite of the CF's conclusion.

Whereas, B "Workers in many companies are dissatisfied although there are no apparent problems with their working conditions" - supports the conclusion or at least the basis of the conclusion drawn by the CF.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 03:02
Patrick,

My answer is also (b).Based on the question we are looking
for an answer that supports the conclusion that "employee’s
dissatisfaction must result from an unusually high
incidence of psychological problems on their part."
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My thoughts over the given answeres are as the following:
(a)-->This indeed cast doubts on the conclusion as the
it sounds that investigation missed a major point.They
did not consider about the working condition of Company
O's facitilites while accounting for the dissatisfaction
level.

(b)-->This sounds proable as it does not weaken the
conclusion.It sounds supportive.Let's hold this horse.

(c)-->This can cast doubts as there is a contradiction
over the measurement of the dissatisfaction level.

(d)-->Out of Scope.This does not mention anything about
the employee's dissatisfaction.

(e)-->Out of Scope again.Results found 1 month ago do
not have a role to play in measuring the present dissatisfaction
level of the employees.
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Thus the answer is (b).What is the OA?Tx.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 05:46
Must be (B) since it only strengthens the conclusion, not cast doubt.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 07:02
(B)
**changed my mind after rereading**
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 08:49
Guys. Really healthy discussion here with a true diversity of answers. More explanation for those who are choosing a different choice. I will post OA later as I want to invite more to participate on this.

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 08:58
(D) it is.

conclusion was "the employee’s dissatisfaction must result from an unusually high incidence of psychological problems".

cast doubt EXCEPT == strengthen the conclusion

(D), because the reason varies from employee to employee.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 10:04
I go with D...

A) This casts doubt on their finding because working concds. at O could result in the dissatisfaction.

B) This casts doubt because it could be that the consulting company has not addressed some major issue that many employees are suffereing from (the same issues that other employees in other companies are suffering from). i.e. If a group is specific group is dissatisfied thats one thing if multiple unrelated groups are dissatisfied thats another...eveyone can't have psychological problems!

C) This casts doubt because the consulting company could have a different def. of bad working conditions (similar to Alberto Gonzales def. of Geneva Convention...sorry had to throw that in :-D )

D) In this choice the dissatisfaction varied greatly from employee to employee and it could mean that the employees have issues separate from anything the company is responsible for, in effect strengthening the consultants conclusions.

E) If there were no probs a month ago that means that something must have happened in the last month for the employees to be dissatified with their work and not psych. probs that they would have had the whole time.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 18:44
OA is D. good explanation and discussion
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2005, 19:55
tough one.. but good explanation
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