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One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique, commonly called "benchmarking", permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial practices and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.

Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against companies with which it is not in competition rather that against competitors EXCEPT:

(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to fous on practices that the manager making the comparisions already employs
(B) Getting "inside" information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have cpmparable levels of efficiency, only benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the special circumstances of their products of markets
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Need to find an option where it is not discussing about the rival companies / practices of other companies in the market, the option falling outside the scope of the argument :

(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the comparisons already employs.
Discusses disadvantage of benchmarking against competitors.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
Discusses rival company and difficulty of benchmarking with competitors.
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
Discuss advantage of benchmarking with other than competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
Discuss advantage of benchmarking with other than competitors.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the special circumstances of their products of markets.
Discuss about market and product- out of scope of the original argument
E is the answer.
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Re: Confusing one... [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2010, 06:10
P1 : To judge the performance is to compare it with other companies
P2 : benchmarking allowws manager to adopt good practices

Which of the following is NOT a valid reason to benchmark against a non competitor?

(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the special circumstances of their products of markets. >>> Odd one. Hence the answer. The "special circumstance" makes the benefits of copying non portable.
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One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 02:07
One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called “benchmarking,” permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial practices
and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.
Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:
(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the
comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only
benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the
special circumstances of their products or markets.

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Re: CR5 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 03:25
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One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called “benchmarking,” permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial practices
and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.
Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:
(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the
comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only
benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the
special circumstances of their products or markets.

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To determine:
Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:


can be rephrased as

"Any valid reason for benchmarking with non-competitors rather than competitors EXCEPT" --

which again can be rephrased to remove EXCEPT as --

"Any valid reason for benchmarking against competitors rather than non-competitors"

We are asked to find out a reason that is NOT a valid reason for benchmarking against competitors rather than non-competitors.

Thus after simplifying the "to find" part of the question we can see that option A is the best choice.

Reason for eliminating other options.

B -- One more reason to benchmark against non-competitors. Incorrect.
C -- Incorrect. One more reason to benchmark against non-competitors. Again this option would be enticing to those who might not have clearly grasped the double negative in the argument.
D -- Incorrect. Out of their own industry, there would be lot of non-competitors than competitors.
E -- Out of scope.


Actually after solving the question, I was able to recollect that in the EXCEPT and LEAST CR question types there would be ONLY ONE correct option unlike the strengthen or weaken type questions. Hence we could eliminate option B and C since both these options are suggesting to benchmark against non-competitors.
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Re: CR5 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 11:58
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Re: CR5 [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 17:19
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Re: CR5 [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2010, 13:49
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One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 16:59
One way to judge the performance of a company is
to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called "benchmarking," permits the manager
of a company to discover better industrial practices
and can provide a justification for the adoption of
good practices.

Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for
benchmarking the performance of a company
against companies with which it is not in competi-
tion rather than against competitors EXCEPT:
(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely
to focus on practices that the manager making
the comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting "inside" information about the unique
practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are
likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only
benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to
reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new
ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to
their adoption of practices that take advantage of
the special circumstances of their products of markets.

I am having some trouble with 'except' questions, please can someone provide some pointers in dealing with such questions efficiently. thanks.
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In general, I'd suggest the following for EXCEPT questions:

Before you get to the answer choices, be explicit with yourself about what you expect to see in the answer choices and rephrase the question to make that clear to yourself.

For example, if the question is: "All of the following, if true, weaken the conclusion EXCEPT" then you'll expect to see 4 answer choices that weaken the conclusion and 1 that either has no bearing at all or in fact strengthens the conclusion. Tell yourself: "I'm looking for something that strengthens the conclusion or is totally irrelevant."

If the question is similar to yours posted below, you'd expect to see four answer choices that are completely logical and valid rationale for benchmarking against non-competitors and one that either provides justification for benchmarking against competitors or is irrelevant. Tell yourself: "I'm looking for an answer that would make me want to benchmark my performance against competitors or is totally irrelevant to the issue."

If you can rephrase the question to be explicit, you'll be much less likely to fall for trap answers.

Does that help? Do you have specific concerns about this particular CR question?

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Re: One way to judge the performance of a company [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2010, 20:30
All option choices except E clearly give reasons for 2 things:(i) Why there shouldn't be benchmarking against competitors and (ii) Why there should be benchmarking against non competitors..

E neither talks about benchmarking nor about competitors/ non competitors and so does not have any impact whatsoever on the argument. Hence E is the best answer choice.

Often, in an "except" question, the correct answer choice does not have any impact on the argument. Its just a cold statement of facts, as it is in this case.
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Re: One way to judge the performance of a company [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 05:44
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All option choices except E clearly give reasons for 2 things:(i) Why there shouldn't be benchmarking against competitors and (ii) Why there should be benchmarking against non competitors..

E neither talks about benchmarking nor about competitors/ non competitors and so does not have any impact whatsoever on the argument. Hence E is the best answer choice.

Often, in an "except" question, the correct answer choice does not have any impact on the argument. Its just a cold statement of facts, as it is in this case.


well said. IMO E. Question was bit twisting..but straight E...I wud say.
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Re: CR5 [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2010, 10:00
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One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called “benchmarking,” permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial practices
and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.
Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:
(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the
comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
(C) Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only
benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the
special circumstances of their products or markets.

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IMO E.

This is from OG11. All choices except E talk the adv of gathering info about non-competing companies. So straight E....
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Another one:

One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called “benchmarking,” permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial
practices and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.

Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:

(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the
comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult
(C)Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency,
only benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in
beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take
advantage of the special circumstances of their products or markets
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E. If the company takes advantage of the special circumstances, then benchmarking won't help.
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Re: OG 12 Question [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2011, 13:39
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E. If the company takes advantage of the special circumstances, then benchmarking won't help.

got it, thanks :)
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Re: OG 12 Question [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 13:28
E does not relate to benchmarking or the advantage/disadvantage of benchmarking against the competitor or non-competitor. It's completely irrevelent.
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Re: OG 12 Question [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 18:20
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E does not relate to benchmarking or the advantage/disadvantage of benchmarking against the competitor or non-competitor. It's completely irrevelent.
Are you saying that the OA is wrong? what is the correct answer in your opinion?
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Re: OG 12 Question [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2011, 07:27
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Another one:

One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique,
commonly called “benchmarking,” permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial
practices and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.

Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against
companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:

(A) Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the
comparisons already employs.
(B) Getting “inside” information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult
(C)Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency,
only benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in
beating competitors.
(D) Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
(E) Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take
advantage of the special circumstances of their products or markets


A. Valid. It could broaden the manager's perspective.
B. Valid.
C. Valid.
D. Valid
E. Only this answer choice doesn't differentiate between competitors and non competitors and talks about special circumstances. Clearly, this statement does not give any valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors.

Answer E.
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Re: One way to judge the performance of a company [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2011, 08:31
kimball thanks for the suggestion. paraphrasing the expectation definitely helps in Except question, otherwise under time pressure such questions can easily go wrong.

i chose E but it took me 3 minutes +
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