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Behavior science courses should be gaining prominence in [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2012, 14:37
Behavior science courses should be gaining prominence in business school curricula. Recent theoretical work convincingly shows why behavioral factors such as organizational culture and employee relations are among the few remaining sources of sustainable competitive advantage in modern organizations. Furthermore, empirical evidence demonstrates clear linkages between human resource (HR) practices based in the behavioral sciences and various aspects of a firm’s financial success. 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 are struggling for credibility in many business schools. Surveys show that business students often regard behavioral studies as peripheral to the mainstream business curriculum. 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 practices, and current business practices have generally been moving away from an emphasis on understanding human behavior and toward more mechanistic organizational models. Furthermore, the status of HR professionals within organizations tends to be lower than that of other executives.
Students’ perceptions would matter less if business schools were not increasingly dependent on external funding—form legislatures, businesses, and private foundations—for survival. Concerned with their institutions’ ability to attract funding, administrators are increasingly targeting low-enrollment courses and degree programs for elimination.
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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E


The author of the passage mentions "empirical evidence" (line 2) 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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C


The author of the passage suggests which of the following about HR professionals in business organizations?
(A)They are generally skeptical about the value of mechanistic organizational models.
(B)Their work increasingly relies on an understanding of human behavior.
(C)Their work generally has little effect on the financial performance of those organizations.
(D)Their status relative to other business executives affects the attitude of business school students toward the behavioral sciences.
(E)Their practices are unaffected by the relative prominence of the behavioral sciences within business schools.
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D


The author of the passage considers each of the following to be a factor that has contributed to the prevailing attitude in business schools toward the behavioral sciences EXCEPT
(A)business students' sensitivity to current business norms and practices
(B)the relative status of HR professionals among business executives
(C)business schools' reliance on legislatures, businesses, and private foundations for funding
(D)businesses' tendency to value mechanistic organizational models over an understanding of human behavior
(E)theoretical work on the relationship between behavioral factors and a firm's financial performance
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E




Why not A for 1st question?
Isn't this "Behavior science courses should be gaining prominence in business school curricula" proposal?
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Re: GWD #7 V 9 [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2012, 15:20
By reading passage , it is describing the various factors, which are responsible for decline of behavior science.

Yet the [highlight]behavior sciences[/highlight]
(20) are struggling for credibility in many
business schools. [highlight]Surveys show
that business studen[/highlight]ts 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
[highlight]moving away from[/highlight] an emphasis on
understanding human behavior and
toward more mechanistic organiza-
(35) tional models. [highlight]Furthermore, the
status of HR professionals within
organizations tends to be lower[/highlight]
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.
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Re: GWD #7 V 9 [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 05:42
The reason ANSWER is E is because that the passage does not propose a change, but it is merely telling us the importance of Behavioral Sciences, reasons for BS not being so famous and why the colleges/students not preferring it. Hence it is clearly E
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Re: GWD #7 V 9 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2012, 01:40
The paragraph has the followng structure
1. Mentioned the importance of behavior science course in business
2. Mentioned the unpopularity of the course in business school
3. Provided reasons for such unpopularity

Thus the entire paragraph did not suggest any particular change. hence it is E.
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