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Transnational cooperation among corporations is experiencing [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 16:38
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Transnational cooperation among corporations is experiencing a modest renaissance among United States firms, even though projects undertaken by two or more corporations under a collaborative agreement are less profitable than projects undertaken by a single corporation. The advantage of transnational cooperation is that such joint international projects may allow United States firms to win foreign contracts that they would not otherwise be able to win.

Which of the following statements by a United States corporate officer best fits the situation of United States firms as described in the passage above?
A. "We would rather make only a share of the profit and also risk only a share of a possible loss than run the full risk of a loss."
B. "We would rather make a share of a relatively modest profit than end up making none of a potentially much bigger profit."
C. "We would rather cooperate and build good will than poison the business climate by all-out competition."
D. "We would rather have foreign corporations join us in American projects than join them in projects in their home countries."
E. "We would rather win a contract with a truly competitive bid of our own than get involved in less profitable collaborative agreements."
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 17:08
Inference question..

A - incorrect coz it assumes the contract is already won by the US firm, which is not what the passage suggests
C - out of scope. goodwill is not at all suggested by the passage
D - trying to compare positions on projects, which is not what the passage suggests
E - this is exactly opposite to what the passage suggests

So my pick for an answer is B
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 17:14
A. "We would rather make only a share of the profit and also risk only a share of a possible loss than run the full risk of a loss." - risk of loss not discussed
B. "We would rather make a share of a relatively modest profit than end up making none of a potentially much bigger profit." - hold
C. "We would rather cooperate and build good will than poison the business climate by all-out competition." – Good will is not discussed
D. "We would rather have foreign corporations join us in American projects than join them in projects in their home countries." – The scope is not mentioned
E. "We would rather win a contract with a truly competitive bid of our own than get involved in less profitable collaborative agreements." – This is not the case

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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 18:20
A - half right ,half wrong. As mentioned above, passage does not talk about 'loss'.
B - good.
C - Out of scope/ new element 'good will'.
D - Out of scope again.
E - Opposite answer.

B wins.
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 00:35
B is the best answer.

"We would rather make a share of a relatively modest profit" is the first part of the statement. This is exactly what the businessmen are doing - they're engaging in a relatively unprofitable transaction. It says in the passage that collaborative agreements are less profitable than solo ventures.

"than end up making none of a potentially much bigger profit." This is saying that the whole reason they're doing collaborative agreements is because it gives them opportunities that would wouldn't otherwise get. If they didn't do the collaborative agreements, they would make non of the potentially much bigger profit (the foreign contracts). But, since they cooperated, they get a shot at those potentially much bigger profits.
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 00:49
B as well
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 03:32
Another B.

The premise "The advantage of transnational cooperation is that such joint international projects may allow United States firms to win foreign contracts that they would not otherwise be able to win." indicates that the agreement will help US firms to win contracts.

D and E are out as they contradict the stimulus.
A and C do not hint at possible win of foreign contracts.
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 09:59
nganle08 wrote:
Transnational cooperation among corporations is experiencing a modest renaissance among United States firms, even though projects undertaken by two or more corporations under a collaborative agreement are less profitable than projects undertaken by a single corporation. The advantage of transnational cooperation is that such joint international projects may allow United States firms to win foreign contracts that they would not otherwise be able to win.

Which of the following statements by a United States corporate officer best fits the situation of United States firms as described in the passage above?
A. "We would rather make only a share of the profit and also risk only a share of a possible loss than run the full risk of a loss."
B. "We would rather make a share of a relatively modest profit than end up making none of a potentially much bigger profit."
C. "We would rather cooperate and build good will than poison the business climate by all-out competition."
D. "We would rather have foreign corporations join us in American projects than join them in projects in their home countries."
E. "We would rather win a contract with a truly competitive bid of our own than get involved in less profitable collaborative agreements."


Nice question... B for me too. What's the source please?
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Re: CR - transnational cooperation [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 10:00
Thanks, everyone.
OA is B.
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