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# Because no employee wants to be associated with bad news in the eyes

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18 Jan 2017, 18:12
d) chief executives obtain information about problems at lower levels from the no source other than their subordinates

2.Identify the premise and the argument.
4.read the option and do the process of elemination.
the D answer choice correctly negatres the possiblity of an alternat reason and thus strongly supports the argument.
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12 Jul 2017, 03:07
Because no employee wants to be associated with bad news in the eyes of a superior, information about serious problems at lower levels is progressively softened and distorted as it goes up each step in the management hierarchy. the chief executive is therefore, less well informed about problems at lower levels than are his or her subordinates at those levels.

Assumption: CEO receive their information only through their sub-ordinators. Because if they would have been receiving through other sources, they would have had some more clear picture regarding it.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that
a) problems should be solved at levels in the management hierarchy at which they occur
This statement is giving a solution and not an assumption.

b) employees should be rewarded for accurately reporting problems to their superiors
This again gives a solution rather than an assumption

c) problems-solving ability is more important at higher levels than it is at lower levels of the management hierarchy
Out of context. Gives a conclusion and not an assumption/

d) chief executives obtain information about problems at lower levels from the no source other than their subordinates
Refer to my assumption

e) some employees are more are concerned about truth than about the way they are perceived by their superiors
Out of context. We do not care about what they perceive.
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12 Jul 2017, 10:12
Solution:

The argument assumes that there is no any other option that the CEO has to get the information at low-level other than the reporting from employees.

Option D provides the same information mentioned above. If Option D is negated, the argument falls apart and therefore is the assumption.

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16 Jul 2017, 10:04
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20 Jun 2019, 22:07
The author argues that the CEO is less informed about problems at the lower levels of the employment hierarchy than his subordinates are because (premise#1) employees don't want to be associated with bad news in the eyes of his or her superior, so this employee (premise#2) softens the information, which gets softer and softer as it progresses up the food chain.

The assumption here is that the CEO must rely upon his subordinates as a source of information. This is a supporter assumption. It coordinates the conclusion made with the premises.

A - nothing is mentioned of resolving problems. Irrelevant to the argument.
B- discussion on rewards is irrelevant to how informed the CEO is.
C- problem-solving capabilities are irrelevant to how informed the CEO is.
D - This is dead-lock onto our thinking.

When GMAT authors arrive at their conclusion they believe it is 'sound' - that is they have considered every possible objection and every objection has been rejected.

If the CEO obtained information from other sources then it doesn't matter if his subordinates are softening the information they give him as he will be informed of the truth. So this denies (Weakens) the author's statement.
E - This is a lure of an answer as I can see how this could be pre-thought by some people, but in any case its irrelevant to the argument made.

(E) some employees are more are concerned about truth than about the way they are perceived by their superiors
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24 Jun 2019, 11:57
GMATD11 wrote:
Because no employee wants to be associated with bad news in the eyes of a superior, information about serious problems at lower levels is progressively softened and distorted as it goes up each step in the management hierarchy. The chief executive is therefore, less well informed about problems at lower levels than are his or her subordinates at those levels.

The conclusion drawn above is based on the assumption that

(A) problems should be solved at levels in the management hierarchy at which they occur

(B) employees should be rewarded for accurately reporting problems to their superiors

(C) problems-solving ability is more important at higher levels than it is at lower levels of the management hierarchy

(D) chief executives obtain information about problems at lower levels from the no source other than their subordinates

(E) some employees are more are concerned about truth than about the way they are perceived by their superiors

guys i find answer choice D as the most appropriate But i want to know the type of assumption it is and also how d can be the assumption.

THe official flow of information according to the Organizational hierarchy can be represented as the blue and purple lines....

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What if the CEO , alike police has its informers / seeks data by direct interaction from the lines men/ ground information (indicated by the red lines)....

The same idea has been presented in option (D)...
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