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In a recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) of 125 [#permalink]
03 Jul 2005, 15:35
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In a recent poll of chief executive officers (CEOs) of 125 major corporations, the overwhelming majority claimed that employee training and welfare is of the same high priority as customer satisfaction. So the popular belief that the top management of large corporations behaves indifferently to the needs and aspirations of employees is unfounded
The argument is most vulnerable to criticism on the grounds that it
A) fails to define adequately the term "top management"
B) presumes, without giving justification, that one is not indifferent to something that one considers a top priority
C) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's priorities tend to be misplaced
D) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's claims are reflected in actual practice
E) makes a generalization based on an unrepresentative sample
The argument indicates the confusion between CEO and top management. CEO says that training is priority but do the top management, think so...
The argument fails to put forward the comments from unrepresented (top management) group and makes a conclusion.
For the conclusion to stand, we need polls from unrepresented (top management) group.
I went with B, but after reading riteshgupta's explanation I realized my mistake. I had brought in some outside knowledge and equated CEO to top management, although this is true in the business world this cannot be used in CRs unless stated explicitly.
I am leaning towards E, but not very sure why B is wrong.
I actually am not sure if this is ETS quality question. gmataquaguy, what is the source of this question?
I do agree with Ritesh's explanation, which partly is "A" - where the top management is not properly defined. The other ambiguity in the question is whether "major" corporations are all "large" corporations. Since this is also not defined very well, I would think E identifies 2 errors while the rest identify only one error each.
A) fails to define adequately the term "top management" ----> bogus doesn't say anything about the conclusion B) presumes, without giving justification, that one is not indifferent to something that one considers a top priority ----> correct (without this assumption argument can't stand) C) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's priorities tend to be misplaced----> opposite to what ques is asking D) presumes, without giving justification, that the CEO's claims are reflected in actual practice ---> Can't say that as the stem says nothing abt actual practicesE) makes a generalization based on an unrepresentative sample ---> can't be it. The belief is that "major corporations" have this issue of being indifferent and the poll was itself of major corporations, so the sample is a "representative".
I agree with D.
B is ruled out , because the presumption is right, and it won't be the ground for criticism.
D is right. Because the only reason why people think the CEOs are indifferent is that what they said are not what they put into practices. that makes sense.
I narrowed the choices to A and E, and will go with E. Just out of curiousity, will someone please explain what's wrong with A? After all, top management can also comprise of the MD, VP, Prez, COO...etc. So even if the CEO's agree, the other members, who comprise the top management may differ. So, one has to first identify, who the top management is. (I might be stretching my reasoning out here.. but do give me your explanations.)