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Business Consultant: Some corporations shun the use of executive titles because they fear that the use of titles indicating position in the corporation tends to inhibit communication up and down the corporate hierarchy. Since an executive who uses a title is treated with more respect by outsiders, however, use of a title can facilitate an executive’s dealings with external businesses. The obvious compromise is for these executives to use their corporate titles externally but not internally, since even if it is widely known that the corporation’s executives use executive titles outside their organization, this knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation. In the consultant’s reasoning, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first presents an obstacle to achieving a certain goal; the second presents a reason for considering that goal to be undesirable.
B) The first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy; the second presents a reason against adopting that strategy.
C) The first describes a concern that the consultant dismisses as insignificant; the second is a consideration that serves as the basis for that dismissal.
D) The first is a belief for which the consultant offers support; the second is part of that support.
E) The first is a belief against which evidence is offered; the second is part of the evidence offered against that belief.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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I think you missed highlighting the BOLD Face Portions in your post
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This is from GMAT paper tests and the wrong portions are highlighted. Can you cite the source of the question?
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A) The first presents an obstacle to achieving a certain goal; the second presents a reason for considering that goal to be undesirable.
The author acknowledged the obstacle but never thought of the goal as undesirable

B) The first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy; the second presents a reason against adopting that strategy.

C) The first describes a concern that the consultant dismisses as insignificant; the second is a consideration that serves as the basis for that dismissal. The first is accepted by the author to be a valid consideration...

D) The first is a belief for which the consultant offers support; the second is part of that support. The two bolded are inherently opposite points but yielded a strategy with compromise... The second is not part of the first...

E) The first is a belief against which evidence is offered; the second is part of the evidence offered against that belief. The first is accepted by the author to be a valid consideration...

The first is a consideration that led to comapnies not using titles BUT the second is a valid point that made the "non-usage of titles" less desirable over "using titles"..
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Business Consultant: Some corporations shun the use of executive titles because they fear that the use of titles indicating position in the corporation tends to inhibit communication up and down the corporate hierarchy. Since an executive who uses a title is treated with more respect by outsiders, however, use of a title can facilitate an executive’s dealings with external businesses. The obvious compromise is for these executives to use their corporate titles externally but not internally, since even if it is widely known that the corporation’s executives use executive titles outside their organization, this knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation. In the consultant’s reasoning, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A) The first presents an obstacle to achieving a certain goal; the second presents a reason for considering that goal to be undesirable.
B) The first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy; the second presents a reason against adopting that strategy.
C) The first describes a concern that the consultant dismisses as insignificant; the second is a consideration that serves as the basis for that dismissal.
D) The first is a belief for which the consultant offers support; the second is part of that support.
E) The first is a belief against which evidence is offered; the second is part of the evidence offered against that belief.

Really difficult one. But I think OA is A. Here's my explanation.

Business consultant wants to recommend: The use of executive title should be used externally, not internally.
since even if it is widely known that the corporation’s executives use executive titles outside their organization, this knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation

What does it mean?

Ok, I will paraphrase the sentence:
IF executives know the use of executive title should be used only externally, they will NOT use their title internally and have a better communication with employees.
It's clearly a hypothesis. It means corporations are still using executive title internally. Because if corporations do NOT use of executive title internally, why we need consultant's recommendations!

Apply to show A is correct:
The first part: corporations try to shun the use of executive title internally, but it's really difficult. So they are still NOT successfully in achieving their goal. That's why the first part shows the obstacle to adopt the strategy recommended by the consultant.
The second part: use of a title can facilitate an executive’s dealings with external businesses - this is the reason why the use executive title external does help.
Hence, A is right.

Why B is wrong:
B: The first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy; the second presents a reason against adopting that strategy.
The word "against" says the second part is the reason why corporation shouldn't adopt the strategy that consultant recommended. It's totally wrong!

I hope it's clear now.

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17 Feb 2012, 18:15
I think the OA should have been B here
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19 Feb 2012, 11:13
^ Yup B makes sense. And i don't think A would make sense even if some other portion of the passage was the bold part referred to in the question..
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26 Feb 2012, 04:19
Yes i agree with B over A here.
How can the first bold faced be an obstacle? It's just a piece of evidence for one view point. A is definitely wrong.
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17 May 2012, 01:21
I think B is the correct one
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17 May 2012, 06:38
+1 B

A cannot be the OA. The second bold statement is not against the goal of communication.
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17 May 2012, 17:00
seems like you have highlighted incorrect portions:

this is how it is highlighted in the link you have provided

Business Consultant: Some corporations shun the use of executive titles because they fear that the use of titles indicating position in the corporation tends to inhibit communication up and down the corporate hierarchy. Since an executive who uses a title is treated with more respect by outsiders, however, use of a title can facilitate an executive’s dealings with external businesses. Clearly, corporations should adopt the compromise of encouraging their executives to use their corporate titles externally but not internally, since even if it is widely known that the corporation’s executives use titles outside their organization, this knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation.
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19 May 2012, 03:32
B should be the right answer.

A can't be right because it says two bold faces have are working for two different goals.
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21 May 2012, 12:54
+1 for B.. OA seems wrong here
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22 May 2012, 02:38
i too chose B, hope its right.
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22 May 2012, 03:20
Conclusion:
Using titles outside the organization for any external dealing and not using titles inside the organization will not hinder the free flow of communication between the executives and employees.

First Bold Face statement presents the information that using titles inhibits the communication among employees and higher management. - Against the conclusion
Second bold face statement states that titles are important while dealing with external businesses. - In favor of the conclusion

B depicts that. Please correct if I am wrong.
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23 May 2012, 04:55
IMO A,

B states " first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy" but no strategy was adopted due to first bold face. Argument mention 1st bold face to show that a strategy is detrimental
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12 Nov 2012, 01:06
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IMO A,

B states " first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy" but no strategy was adopted due to first bold face. Argument mention 1st bold face to show that a strategy is detrimental

The strategy is "shunning of executive titles".
OA must be B.
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06 Apr 2013, 10:56
Apparently GMAC changed the answer choices in this problem; compare them with business-consultant-some-corporations-shun-the-use-of-75866.html
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Hi EGMAT,

Business Consultant: Some corporations shun the use of executive titles because they
fear that the use of titles indicating position in the corporation tends to inhibit
communication up and down the corporate hierarchy
. Since an executive who uses a
title is treated with more respect by outsiders, however, use of a title can facilitate an
The obvious compromise is for these
executives to use their corporate titles externally but not internally, since even if it is widely
known that the corporation’s executives use executive titles outside their organization, this
knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation. In the
consultant’s reasoning, the two portions in boldface play which of the following
roles?
A. The first presents an obstacle to achieving a certain goal; the second presents a reason for
considering that goal to be undesirable.
B. The first is a consideration that has led to the adoption of a certain strategy; the second
presents a reason against adopting that strategy.
C. The first describes a concern that the consultant dismisses as insignificant; the second is a
consideration that serves as the basis for that dismissal.
D. The first is a belief for which the consultant offers support; the second is part of that support.
E. The first is a belief against which evidence is offered; the second is part of the evidence
offered against that belief.

Lets Spilt the argument

Some corporations shun the use of executive titles.. ...Consultant opinion..statement1

because they fear that the use of titles indicating position in the corporation tends to inhibit
communication up and down the corporate hierarchy
. Reason for above statement.1

Since an executive who uses a title is treated with more respect by outsiders, Reason for below statement2

however, use of a title can facilitate an executive’s dealings with external businesses. Consultant opinion... MAIN CONCLUSION

The obvious compromise is for these executives to use their corporate titles externally but not internally, Consultant opinion.. statement 3

since even if it is widely known that the corporation’s executives use executive titles outside their organization, this
knowledge does not by itself inhibit communication within the corporation. Reasons for above statement3.

As per the above understanding.

First bold face is could be explanation or a consideration for the first statement that is the statergy as mentioned in the answer choices.

Second bold face seems like a Consultant opinion not a reasoning its a opinion . or the main conclusion. reasoning is statement before the argument.

Please correct me,where I'm getting wrong.

Thanks

Nitin Singh
Re: Business Consultant: Some corporations shun the use of   [#permalink] 29 Apr 2014, 09:11

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