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# Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality

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Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality Circles program for machine operators. Independent surveys of employee attitudes indicated that the machine operators participating in the program were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the programтАЩs existence than they were at the programтАЩs start. Obviously, any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.
Each of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT:
(A) The second survey occurred during a period of recession when rumors of cutbacks and layoffs at Lark Manufacturing were plentiful.
(B) The surveys also showed that those Lark machine operators who neither participated in Quality Circles nor knew anyone who did so reported the same degree of lessened satisfaction with their work situations as did the Lark machine operators who participated in Quality Circles.
(C) While participating in Quality Circles at Lark Manufacturing, machine operators exhibited two of the primary indicators of improved job satisfaction: increased productivity and decreased absenteeism.
(D) Several workers at Lark Manufacturing who had participated in Quality Circles while employed at other companies reported that, while participating in Quality Circles in their previous companies, their work satisfaction had increased.
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.
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02 Nov 2005, 08:51
B would weaken the argument.
As the reasoning is proven wrong.
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02 Nov 2005, 08:59
I go for B
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02 Nov 2005, 09:54
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02 Nov 2005, 12:05
D - clearly illustrates some QCs are successful !

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02 Nov 2005, 12:21
D - clearly illustrates some QCs are successful !

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02 Nov 2005, 13:20
OA is E.

Bhai can you explain why you have chosesn E.
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02 Nov 2005, 13:21
OA is E.

Bhai can you explain why you have chosesn E.
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04 Nov 2005, 09:54
This one is weird ...how can the OA be E?!! Can anyone please explain ...thanks
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04 Nov 2005, 09:55
This one is weird ...how can the OA be E?!! It should be D. Can anyone please explain ...thanks
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04 Nov 2005, 11:58
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OA is E.

Bhai can you explain why you have chosesn E.
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Choice E strengthens the conclusion by saying that the quality program itself was bad since it did not result in the improvement. The employees were excited about it but it did not turn out to be what it was thought to do.

Read all the reasoning. They actually weaken the conclusion.

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04 Nov 2005, 17:11
E is good.

The reasoning in this choice tends to strengthen the conclusion. Though the opeartors joined with a higher expectation -- seems they were disappointed after participating in the program.
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04 Nov 2005, 18:50
ooops .....I didn't read " EXCEPT"
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