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Behavior science courses should be gaining prominence [#permalink] New post 17 May 2009, 08:47
Behavior science courses should be gaining prominence in business
school curricula. Recent theoretical
work convincingly shows why behav-
(5) ioral factors such as organizational
culture and employee relations are
among the few remaining sources of
sustainable competitive advantage in
modern organizations. Furthermore,
(10) empirical evidence demonstrates
clear linkages between human
resource (HR) practices based in
the behavioral sciences and various
aspects of a firm’s financial success.
(15) Additionally, some of the world’s most
successful organizations have made
unique HR practices a core element
of their overall business strategies.
Yet the behavior sciences
(20) are struggling for credibility in many
business schools. Surveys show
that business students often regard
behavioral studies as peripheral to
the mainstream business curriculum.
(25) This perception can be explained by
the fact that business students, hoping
to increase their attractiveness to
prospective employers, are highly
sensitive to business norms and
(30) practices, and current business
practices have generally been
moving away from an emphasis on
understanding human behavior and
toward more mechanistic organiza-
(35) tional models. Furthermore, the
status of HR professionals within
organizations tends to be lower
than that of other executives.
Students’ perceptions would
(40) matter less if business schools
were not increasingly dependent on
external funding—form legislatures,
businesses, and private foundations—
for survival. Concerned with their
(45) institutions’ ability to attract funding,
administrators are increasingly tar-
geting low-enrollment courses and
degree programs for elimination.



The author of the passage mentions “empirical evidence” (line 10) primarily in order to
A. question the value of certain commonly used HR practices
B. illustrate a point about the methodology behind recent theoretical work in the behavioral sciences
C. support a claim about the importance that business schools should place on courses in the behavioral sciences
D. draw a distinction between two different factors that affect the financial success of a business
E. explain how the behavioral sciences have shaped HR practices in some business organizations
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 17 May 2009, 09:41
It should be C. Emperical evidence supports the claim that behavioral science is important.....

It cannot be B because, it does not provide evidence for theoretical work. The sentence beginning with "furthermore" confirms this.
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 17 May 2009, 10:27
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It should be C. Emperical evidence supports the claim that behavioral science is important.....

It cannot be B because, it does not provide evidence for theoretical work. The sentence beginning with "furthermore" confirms this.

thanks a lot scthakur for ur explanation. i was thinking of that too. Now, if furthermore was not mentioned in the passage, then there would be a tough fight between B and c. RIGHT??
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 17 May 2009, 12:39
atomy wrote:
Here is the RC from sets, please explain why the the answer is not B for the question below.



Behavior science courses should
be gaining prominence in business
school curricula. Recent theoretical
work convincingly shows why behav-
(5) ioral factors such as organizational
culture and employee relations are
among the few remaining sources of
sustainable competitive advantage in
modern organizations. Furthermore,
(10) empirical evidence demonstrates
clear linkages between human
resource (HR) practices based in
the behavioral sciences and various
aspects of a firm’s financial success.
(15) Additionally, some of the world’s most
successful organizations have made
unique HR practices a core element
of their overall business strategies.
Yet the behavior sciences
(20) are struggling for credibility in many
business schools. Surveys show
that business students often regard
behavioral studies as peripheral to
the mainstream business curriculum.
(25) This perception can be explained by
the fact that business students, hoping
to increase their attractiveness to
prospective employers, are highly
sensitive to business norms and
(30) practices, and current business
practices have generally been
moving away from an emphasis on
understanding human behavior and
toward more mechanistic organiza-
(35) tional models. Furthermore, the
status of HR professionals within
organizations tends to be lower
than that of other executives.
Students’ perceptions would
(40) matter less if business schools
were not increasingly dependent on
external funding—form legislatures,
businesses, and private foundations—
for survival. Concerned with their
(45) institutions’ ability to attract funding,
administrators are increasingly tar-
geting low-enrollment courses and
degree programs for elimination.



The author of the passage mentions “empirical evidence” (line 10) primarily in order to
A. question the value of certain commonly used HR practices
B. illustrate a point about the methodology behind recent theoretical work in the behavioral sciences
C. support a claim about the importance that business schools should place on courses in the behavioral sciences
D. draw a distinction between two different factors that affect the financial success of a business
E. explain how the behavioral sciences have shaped HR practices in some business organizations


Well, the empirical evidence sentence comes right after the main assertion of the passage, which promotes the importance of behavioral science in business success. So I would guess (C).
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2010, 03:08
Because, there is no mention of B-schools in para1 so I crossed out C.

My question is - When we are asked such question then do we need to relate the answer to the particular paragraph or entire passage? Can you explain more on this?


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It should be C. Emperical evidence supports the claim that behavioral science is important.....

It cannot be B because, it does not provide evidence for theoretical work. The sentence beginning with "furthermore" confirms this.

thanks a lot scthakur for ur explanation. i was thinking of that too. Now, if furthermore was not mentioned in the passage, then there would be a tough fight between B and c. RIGHT??

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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2010, 08:00
My Quick sketch of paragraph 1

Behavior science importance(up arrow) in business school
Support:
1 recent theoretical
2 empirical evidence
3 Success org's-Unique HR-Key strategy


I draw arrows up and down in my sketches as a quick visual way to remember which things the passages says are changing.

My ideas on this question:

Idea I
First sentence "...business school curricula."

Curricula is plural of curriculum meaning different programs at one business school or same program at different business schools

Idea II
Empirical is very different from theoretical.
According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empirical
(definition 2) "2 : relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory"

The adjectives, theoretical and empirical, tell us these two things are separate, along with "Furthermore"

Idea III
Whenever I see a question that asks about a certain set of lines or why an author includes something I immediately think.

How would the whole passage change if this sentence or these words were not included in the passage?

Without the words "empirical evidence" the second support sentence could be eliminated, it really doesn't add anything beyond what is gained from the third sentence.
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2011, 13:02
The primary purpose of the passage is to
A. propose a particular change to
business school curricula
B. characterize students’ perceptions
of business school curricula
C. predict the consequences of a
particular change in business
school curricula
D. challenge one explanation for the
failure to adopt a particular
change in business school
curricula
E. identify factors that have affected
the prestige of a particular field in
business school curricula
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 12:31
noboru wrote:
The primary purpose of the passage is to
A. propose a particular change to
business school curricula
B. characterize students’ perceptions
of business school curricula
C. predict the consequences of a
particular change in business
school curricula
D. challenge one explanation for the
failure to adopt a particular
change in business school
curricula
E. identify factors that have affected
the prestige of a particular field in
business school curricula


e? Tough question for me.

in my words: Point -> BS courses should be gaining popularity but they are not. This is due to students disregarding them. Student opinion matters to keep funding.

So the closest to this is E.
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Re: behavior science [#permalink] New post 24 May 2011, 22:22
noboru wrote:
The primary purpose of the passage is to
A. propose a particular change to
business school curricula --> a good option, but the author is not proposing a change. All he is saying that BS are missing out on some important concepts in their curricula.
B. characterize students’ perceptions
of business school curricula --> incorrect
C. predict the consequences of a
particular change in business
school curricula --> author is not predecting anything
D. challenge one explanation for the
failure to adopt a particular
change in business school
curricula -->irrelevant..not challenging anything
E. identify factors that have affected
the prestige of a particular field in
business school curricula -->By elimination, this sounds perfect

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