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lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 07:16
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lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two ears of the program's existence than they were at the program's start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will as a result become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:

a) The second survey occured during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
B) The survyes also showed that those LArk machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufactoring, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of imprioved job satisfaction:increased productivity and decresed absenteeism.
D) Several workers at LArk Manufactoring who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at otehr companies reported that while participating in Quality Cirlces in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situation.
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Re: CR: manufacturing company [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 07:28
IMO E.

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Re: CR: manufacturing company [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 09:22
IMO E)
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Re: CR: manufacturing company [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 15:24
My ans is C.

a) The second survey occured during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful. => presents other cause, so A weakens the argument
B) The survyes also showed that those LArk machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles. =>not only did workers who participated in the program complain, but workers who didn't participate also complain. So, the program itself does not cause job dissatisfaction. It must be sth else. This weakens the argument.
C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufactoring, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of imprioved job satisfaction:increased productivity and decresed absenteeism. => does not weaken the argument
D) Several workers at LArk Manufactoring who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at otehr companies reported that while participating in Quality Cirlces in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased. => their expectation is higher. It weakens the argumentE) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situation. =>same as D, the workers had high expectation at the beginning. Weakens
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Re: CR: manufacturing company [#permalink] New post 10 Aug 2008, 23:36
puma wrote:
lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two ears of the program's existence than they were at the program's start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will as a result become less satisfied with their jobs.

Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:

a) The second survey occured during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.-> this might be the reason for dissatisfaction amomng employeesweakens
B) The survyes also showed that those LArk machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.-> this program cannot be blamed as rason for dissatis among employees since those who didnt attend also had dissatisfactionweakens
C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufactoring, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of imprioved job satisfaction:increased productivity and decresed absenteeism. -> this opp to hats mentioned in the argument
D) Several workers at LArk Manufactoring who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at otehr companies reported that while participating in Quality Cirlces in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased. -> the program had better effects in other compamnies hence weakens
E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situation. -> this reflects that the program is reason for dissatis. since trhe employees say that initially they felt this MIGHT improve their work situation.STRENGTHENS

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Re: CR: manufacturing company [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2008, 09:12
OA is E.

thanks for the explanation
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