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# A human rights group is considering ways to place additional pressure

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A human rights group is considering ways to place additional pressure on Mercury Sports Shoes. The group wants Mercury to pay higher wages to their employees in foreign manufacturing plants. The group is already boycotting Mercury Sports Shoes and is considering calling for an additional boycott of Championship Sports Apparel. Both Mercury and Championship are owned by Universal Sports Conglomerate.

The answer to which of the following questions is least directly relevant to the human rights group’s decision of whether calling for a boycott would lead to higher wages for the employees of Mercury?

A Would revenue losses by Championship Sports Apparel seriously impact Universal Sports Conglomerate?
B Can current Championship customers find sports apparel of a similar style and quality made by another manufacturer?
C Have other shoe companies increased the wages paid in manufacturing plants?
D Have other groups that have employed the boycott strategy successfully achieved their goals?
E Do other conglomerates that own sports shoe companies also own sports apparel companies?
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A human rights group is considering ways to place additional pressure on Mercury Sports Shoes. The group wants Mercury to pay higher wages to their employees in foreign manufacturing plants. The group is already boycotting Mercury Sports Shoes and is considering calling for an additional boycott of Championship Sports Apparel. Both Mercury and Championship are owned by Universal Sports Conglomerate.

The answer to which of the following questions is least directly relevant to the human rights group’s decision of whether calling for a boycott would lead to higher wages for the employees of Mercury?

A Would revenue losses by Championship Sports Apparel seriously impact Universal Sports Conglomerate?
B Can current Championship customers find sports apparel of a similar style and quality made by another manufacturer?
C Have other shoe companies increased the wages paid in manufacturing plants?
D Have other groups that have employed the boycott strategy successfully achieved their goals?
E Do other conglomerates that own sports shoe companies also own sports apparel companies?

I eliminated A,B, D first because they all would provide evidence that the human rights group would want to strengthen their argument. In narrowing it down between C & E, I think the answer is E because it seems like it is the only question that provides information that would be irrelevant to the human rights group whereas knowing the answer to C would also provide evidence (if other companies are raising wages, there is support for Championship to do the same) that could be helpful to the group.
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06 Nov 2017, 07:02
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A human rights group is considering ways to place additional pressure on Mercury Sports Shoes. The group wants Mercury to pay higher wages to their employees in foreign manufacturing plants. The group is already boycotting Mercury Sports Shoes and is considering calling for an additional boycott of Championship Sports Apparel. Both Mercury and Championship are owned by Universal Sports Conglomerate.

The answer to which of the following questions is least directly relevant to the human rights group’s decision of whether calling for a boycott would lead to higher wages for the employees of Mercury?

A Would revenue losses by Championship Sports Apparel seriously impact Universal Sports Conglomerate?
B Can current Championship customers find sports apparel of a similar style and quality made by another manufacturer?
C Have other shoe companies increased the wages paid in manufacturing plants?
D Have other groups that have employed the boycott strategy successfully achieved their goals?
E Do other conglomerates that own sports shoe companies also own sports apparel companies?

hi haardiksharma,

once you look at C and E, both are YES or NO questions, so answer both ways to each Q and see how it effects right group's decision

C Have other shoe companies increased the wages paid in manufacturing plants?

YES....... group can easily convince people that there boycott is justified and it can put pressure on the company.
NO........ now the company can claim that the boycott is not justified as the wages are similar to other companys
it does effect

E Do other conglomerates that own sports shoe companies also own sports apparel companies?

YES.......nothing on the boycott
NO.... again does not effect boycott /decision
Irrelevant

so E
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05 Apr 2019, 08:04
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This question is a type of “Most Useful to Know” that instead asks which answer choice would be the “Least Useful to Know?” The conclusion you are evaluating is whether or not calling for a boycott would lead to higher wages for the employees of Mercury Sports Shoes? The group plans to boycott Champion Sports Apparel, which is owned by the same conglomerate as Mercury Shoes. So the question really is, will boycotting another brand owned by the conglomerate exert more pressure on Mercury Shoes?

Any answer choice that is useful to know can be eliminated. Choice A is useful to know since a boycott is meant to generate revenue losses and the impact of those losses could determine the success of the boycott. Choice B is useful to know since the availability of substitute products is always an important aspect of a boycott. It is easier to boycott butter – since butter substitutes are available – than it is to boycott gasoline. Choice C is relevant because if other companies have increased wages it will be easier to convince Mercury Shoes to do so. This is a tricky one, but it is more relevant than choice E. Choice D is clearly relevant since it asks whether this strategy has succeeded in the past. Choice E is the correct answer since it is not relevant to the conclusion. What if other conglomerates do own shoe as well as apparel companies. How would this impact the success of the boycott? This is least relevant.
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