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# Early in the development of a new product line, the critical

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Early in the development of a new product line, the critical resource is talent. New marketing ventures require a degree of managerial skill disproportionate to their short-term revenue prospects. Usually, however, talented managers are assigned only to established high-revenue product lines and, as a result, most new marketing ventures fail. Contrary to current practice, the best managers in a company should be assigned to development projects.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the author’s argument?

(A) On average, new ventures under the direction of managers at executive level survive no longer than those managed by lower-ranking managers.

(B) For most established companies, the development of new product lines is a relatively small part of the company’s total expenditure.

(C) The more talented a manager is, the less likely he or she is to be interested in undertaking the development of a new product line.

(D) The current revenue and profitability of an established product line can be maintained even if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere.

(E) Early short-term revenue prospects of a new product line are usually a good predictor of how successful a product line will ultimately be.

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20 Jul 2010, 14:58
noboru wrote:
Early in the development of a new product line, the critical resource is talent. New marketing ventures require a degree of managerial skill disproportionate to their short-term revenue prospects. Usually, however, talented managers are assigned only to established high-revenue product lines and, as a result, most new marketing ventures fail. Contrary to current practice, the best managers in a company should be assigned to development projects.
Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the author’s argument?

D
New Product Dev requires talent.
New Marketing ventures require ... just extra text.
Talented managers are assigned to established products, but they should be assigned to new product dev.
Support-The revenue and profitability of an established product can be maintained even without good managers, because if it was not possible the profit and revenue from established products would not be risked for new products.
took 5 min.

(A) On average, new ventures under the direction of managers at executive level survive no longer than those managed by lower-ranking managers.
(B) For most established companies, the development of new product lines is a relatively small part of the company’s total expenditure.
(C) The more talented a manager is, the less likely he or she is to be interested in undertaking the development of a new product line.
(D) The current revenue and profitability of an established product line can be maintained even if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere.
(E) Early short-term revenue prospects of a new product line are usually a good predictor of how successful a product line will ultimately be.

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20 Jul 2010, 20:57
D is not the obvious answer in the question. To quickly find the answer Negate D. If the profits cannot be maintained after reassignment of managers then its bad policy. Argument falls apart.

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21 Jul 2010, 08:14
D --- dont know but relatively straight forward for me

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If company's profitability of an established product line can be maintained by assigning the company’s best managers elsewhere then the conclusion that the best managers in a company should be assigned to development projects is strengthened.

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28 Jul 2010, 00:46
D ......for me too ........

nusmavrik wrote:
D is not the obvious answer in the question. To quickly find the answer Negate D. If the profits cannot be maintained after reassignment of managers then its bad policy. Argument falls apart.

I couldn't quite understand it ?

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28 Jul 2010, 01:22
Sorry one liner.

Logical Negative: (D) The current revenue and profitability of an established product line CANNOT be maintained if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere. -----> This destroys the argument.

Hope this is clear.
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nusmavrik wrote:
D is not the obvious answer in the question. To quickly find the answer Negate D. If the profits cannot be maintained after reassignment of managers then its bad policy. Argument falls apart.

I couldn't quite understand it ?

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28 Jul 2010, 02:35
D for me too .. Took arnd 4:30 mins to me.. I am little poor in CRs thou..

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28 Jul 2010, 02:48
D it is as it proves that establish lines can work fine with / without best managers, so they can be used to develop new line of work.

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06 Aug 2010, 10:41
D for me too! Got it straight! :D

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06 Aug 2010, 20:48
D it should be!

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11 Sep 2010, 08:23
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11 Sep 2010, 16:50
Conclusion:
the best managers in a company should be assigned to development projects.

Argument:
talented managers are assigned only to established high-revenue product lines and, as a result, most new marketing ventures fail

To strengthen the conclusion we have to prove that by assigning the talented managers to other than well established product lines, the profit of the company is not getting hampered.

D clearly states that The current revenue and profitability of an established product line can be maintained even if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere.

D is correct

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11 Sep 2010, 16:58
D seemed to be pretty logical and obvious to me.
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13 Oct 2010, 22:10
D is the straight ans..as othrs are not suitable.

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14 Oct 2010, 10:08
definately d is not an answer.

(D) The current revenue and profitability of an established product line can be maintained even if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere.

It talking about the revunue and profitability...no where discussed about the profits and revenue bcoz of company's best managers...

my ans is C and it looks wins.

Let me know if it is wrong.

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14 Oct 2010, 10:15
I found it somewhat straight D.

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14 Oct 2010, 11:36
noboru wrote:
Early in the development of a new product line, the critical resource is talent. New marketing ventures require a degree of managerial skill disproportionate to their short-term revenue prospects. Usually, however, talented managers are assigned only to established high-revenue product lines and, as a result, most new marketing ventures fail. Contrary to current practice, the best managers in a company should be assigned to development projects.
Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the author’s argument?
(A) On average, new ventures under the direction of managers at executive level survive no longer than those managed by lower-ranking managers.
(B) For most established companies, the development of new product lines is a relatively small part of the company’s total expenditure.
(C) The more talented a manager is, the less likely he or she is to be interested in undertaking the development of a new product line.
(D) The current revenue and profitability of an established product line can be maintained even if the company’s best managers are assigned elsewhere.
(E) Early short-term revenue prospects of a new product line are usually a good predictor of how successful a product line will ultimately be.

D for me too

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15 Oct 2010, 09:49
another D

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31 Mar 2011, 00:35
The answer is D - it eliminates a reason that may weaken the assunmption.
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