The function of strategic planning is to...
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The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack
It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT
(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas
The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to
(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans so that she can then refute it
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s
(D) support her contention that strategic planning, when done correctly, can be very successful
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans
The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?
(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology.
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