It is currently 21 Sep 2017, 19:52

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# A study of business partnerships in which one partner s

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 27 Jul 2010
Posts: 192

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 15

Location: Prague
Schools: University of Economics Prague

### Show Tags

27 Jan 2011, 07:15
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

55% (hard)

Question Stats:

59% (01:05) correct 41% (01:32) wrong based on 284 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

A study of business partnerships in which one partner’s management style differs from that of the other partner reveals that such partnerships are more likely be fraught with problems and to ultimately end in dissolution. Thus, mismatched management styles can seriously jeopardize a business partnership.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) Business partnerships in which both partners have the same management style also occasionally have disagreements that can jeopardize the partnership.
(B) The management style of individuals tends to vary from year to year.
(C) The individuals who have management style that differ significantly from those of their partners tend to argue little with spouses at home.
(D) Partners who are considering dissolution have been found to express hostility by adopting a different management styles from that of their partners.
(E) According to a recent study, most people’s management styles can be controlled and modified easily.

Source: previous GMAT test question
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 15

Manager
Joined: 27 Oct 2010
Posts: 180

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 20

### Show Tags

27 Jan 2011, 09:14
Easy one. D undermines by saying that partners are adopting different management styles from that of their partners to express hostility. Not the other way around.

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 20

SVP
Joined: 16 Nov 2010
Posts: 1605

Kudos [?]: 581 [0], given: 36

Location: United States (IN)
Concentration: Strategy, Technology

### Show Tags

30 Jan 2011, 21:03
Basically, it's a reversal of Cause and Effect phenomenon.
_________________

Formula of Life -> Achievement/Potential = k * Happiness (where k is a constant)

GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings

Kudos [?]: 581 [0], given: 36

Manager
Joined: 07 Jul 2010
Posts: 92

Kudos [?]: 58 [0], given: 18

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2011, 09:08
D. cause and effect/
_________________

Hung M.Tran
Faculty of Banking and Finance,
National Economics University of Vietnam

Kudos [?]: 58 [0], given: 18

Manager
Joined: 14 Dec 2010
Posts: 203

Kudos [?]: 41 [0], given: 5

Location: India
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 680 Q44 V39

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2011, 23:54
D without a doubt.

Kudos [?]: 41 [0], given: 5

Manager
Joined: 27 Jun 2008
Posts: 78

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 22

Location: United States (AL)
Concentration: General Management, Technology
GMAT 1: 660 Q48 V34
WE: Consulting (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

08 Feb 2011, 03:48
+1 for D,

Kudos [?]: 17 [0], given: 22

Retired Moderator
Status: 2000 posts! I don't know whether I should feel great or sad about it! LOL
Joined: 04 Oct 2009
Posts: 1655

Kudos [?]: 1090 [0], given: 109

Location: Peru
Schools: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT & HKS (Government)
WE 1: Economic research
WE 2: Banking
WE 3: Government: Foreign Trade and SMEs

### Show Tags

17 Feb 2011, 10:51
+1 D

Causen and effect. The relationships has been reversed.
_________________

"Life’s battle doesn’t always go to stronger or faster men; but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can."

My Integrated Reasoning Logbook / Diary: http://gmatclub.com/forum/my-ir-logbook-diary-133264.html

GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings

Kudos [?]: 1090 [0], given: 109

Director
Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing.
Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Joined: 03 Feb 2011
Posts: 872

Kudos [?]: 390 [0], given: 123

### Show Tags

17 Feb 2011, 19:49
I have seen this pattern. Reversal of causality.

In X->Y , the most detrimental is Y->X. argument will fall off the grid

Kudos [?]: 390 [0], given: 123

Current Student
Status: Up again.
Joined: 31 Oct 2010
Posts: 530

Kudos [?]: 516 [0], given: 75

Concentration: Strategy, Operations
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40
GMAT 2: 740 Q49 V42

### Show Tags

18 Feb 2011, 04:33
craky wrote:
A study of business partnerships in which one partner’s management style differs from that of the other partner reveals that such partnerships are more likely be fraught with problems and to ultimately end in dissolution. Thus, mismatched management styles can seriously jeopardize a business partnership.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

(A) Business partnerships in which both partners have the same management style also occasionally have disagreements that can jeopardize the partnership.
(B) The management style of individuals tends to vary from year to year.
(C) The individuals who have management style that differ significantly from those of their partners tend to argue little with spouses at home.
(D) Partners who are considering dissolution have been found to express hostility by adopting a different management styles from that of their partners.
(E) According to a recent study, most people’s management styles can be controlled and modified easily.

Source: previous GMAT test question

A. Out of scope as Business partnerships in which both partners have the same management style is not a part of the argument.
B. Shell game answer. Argument is not particularly concerned with management style of individuals but with the business partner. Out of scope.
C. Starkly irrelevant.
D. Correct. This statement provides information that different management styles are an effect of the dissolution decision not a cause of it.
E. Doesn't have any bearing on the argument.

_________________

My GMAT debrief: http://gmatclub.com/forum/from-620-to-710-my-gmat-journey-114437.html

Kudos [?]: 516 [0], given: 75

Manager
Joined: 17 Feb 2011
Posts: 192

Kudos [?]: 765 [0], given: 70

Concentration: Real Estate, Finance
Schools: MIT (Sloan) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44

### Show Tags

18 Feb 2011, 07:43
Seems clear that is D.

Kudos [?]: 765 [0], given: 70

Intern
Joined: 27 Feb 2011
Posts: 6

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 1

Schools: HEC Montreal

### Show Tags

08 Mar 2011, 00:32
I chose A because did not recognize reversal of causality in D.
A does brings additional info but in this case we are concerned with different management styles (not same styles). So it doesn't outweigh the passage's conclusion.

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 1

Current Student
Joined: 06 Sep 2013
Posts: 1988

Kudos [?]: 706 [0], given: 355

Concentration: Finance

### Show Tags

03 Jan 2014, 11:24
subhashghosh wrote:
Basically, it's a reversal of Cause and Effect phenomenon.

Do you have a list of this types, like cause effect phenomenon and other common flaws in answer choices or question types we can refer to?

Cheers!
J

Kudos [?]: 706 [0], given: 355

Director
Joined: 12 Dec 2016
Posts: 808

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 744

Location: United States
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V33
GPA: 3.64
Re: A study of business partnerships in which one partner s [#permalink]

### Show Tags

28 Jun 2017, 05:55
In D, an alternative cause is the personality, not the mismanagement

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 744

Re: A study of business partnerships in which one partner s   [#permalink] 28 Jun 2017, 05:55
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 Studying regularly is one factor that has been shown to 6 01 Mar 2012, 06:29
40 According to a recent study on financial roles, one-third of 51 16 Aug 2017, 06:21
29 A researcher studying the habits of business school students 12 16 Jan 2017, 00:04
3 Reporting to a committee of his medical partners about one of the seve 4 07 Apr 2017, 09:30
12 A survey of small businesses owned equally by two partners revealed th 5 12 Jun 2017, 09:44
Display posts from previous: Sort by