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There is a piece of folk wisdom expressed in the saying, "If it is not broken, don't fix it." A factory manager who accepted that saying would, on that account, be least likely to:

a) agree to union demands, in the interest of safety, for better lighting in the stairwells and storage areas.

b) respond to the difficulty of retaining skilled electronic technicians by establishing an on-site day-care center for small children.

c) order the immediate replacement of windows broken in a strike.

d) replace the quality control supervisor after receiving several complaints about defective units in recent shipments from the factory.

e) institute a program of preventive maintenance for major pieces of production machinery.
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17 Oct 2003, 01:39
Explanation: The point of the proverb "If it is not broken, don't fix it" is that tampering with something which is not an urgent problem is unnecessary. All of the alternatives involve the manager's making some change or taking some action. But the first four represent the manager's action as being a response to a particular existing problem. They are not against the spirit of the proverb. But preventive maintenance, over-hauling the machine before it breaks down, seems to be just what the proverb advises against.(E) is the correct answer.

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