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# Division manager: I want to replace the Microton computers i

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19 Jan 2015, 15:17
Although I got my answer correct, but I pre-assumed something different than given in the answer choice. Please check whether this my pre-assumption is also correct:

The works done by their company are compatible with Vitech Computers.

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22 Jan 2015, 03:39
seekmba wrote:
C for me.

Experienced techies of Microton computers will demand more salaries than the inexperienced Vitech ones thus weakening GM's objection.

This option compares cost of hiring Microton users with employees who have no computer skills - and not with Vitech users.
Then how is this even a comparison?

And if cost is a concern then I see E as the only option.
Can somebody pls tell me why is C - which is not even a valid comparison - is the correct answer?
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14 Apr 2016, 13:27
DM:
Premise: 28% less to train new staff on Vitech than Microton
Conclusion: Replace Microton with Vitech

GM: Hire staff with experience in Microton
GM's assumption: These staff will be less expensive than replacing Microton with Vitech and training staff on Vitech.

Correct answer choice will undermine GM's assumption to some degree. E strengthens.
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05 Aug 2016, 11:18
Here is my analysis of each of the options:

Division Manager: I want to replace the Microton computers in my division with Vitech computers.
General Manager: Why?
Division Manager: It costs 28 percent less to train new staff on the Vitech.
General Manager: But that is not a good enough reason. We can simply hire only people who already know how to use the Microton computer.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the general manager's objection to the replacement of Microton computers with Vitechs?

(A) Currently all employees in the company are required to attend workshops on how to use Microton computers in new applications.
This will represent a (fixed) cost for the Company regardless of whether employees are already trained or not. Note also that the option says that all employees are required to attend workshops that relate to new applications, so even if the Company hires already trained staff, these employees may also need to receive some training on new applications that may arise as a result of technological change or innovation. Hence, this option neither weakens nor strengthens the GM's objection.
(B) Once employees learn how to use a computer, they tend to change employers more readily than before.
This option neither weakens nor strengthens the GM's objection. This may be a disadvantage for the Company if it trains its staff and these employees leave, but the Company may also benefit from this as it is able to hire already trained staff from other companies.
(C) Experienced users of Microton computers command much higher salaries than do prospective employees who have no experience in the use of computers.
The GM proposes to hire skilled staff in order to avoid the training cost of new joiners. However, if skilled workers command much higher salaries, the cost saved due to not having to train new staff is offset by the additional salaries of the new skilled employees. Therefore, it is the correct answer.
(D) The average productivity of employees in the general manager's company is below the average productivity of the employees of its competitors.
Out of scope. Totally irrelevant.
(E) The high costs of replacement parts make Vitech computers more expensive to maintain than Microton computers.
This would strengthen the GM's objection, as the computers proposed by the DM would be more expensive to maintain. However, we are not concerned with the maintenance cost, but with the cost of training new staff.

I would appreciate that you would share your thoughts on my analysis of the question and the answers.
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