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# Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality

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Lark Manufacturing Company initiated a voluntary Quality [#permalink]

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30 Oct 2006, 05:28
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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 programâ€™s existence than they were at the programâ€™s 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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30 Oct 2006, 05:54
Is it E ?

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30 Oct 2006, 06:12
A,B & C weakens the argument here.

Between 'D' & 'E', I would pick 'E' since doesn't talk anything about what happened after the program was in progress or ended.

D seemed to be out of scope since it talked about a second company.

Guys, do you agree?

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30 Oct 2006, 07:10
Yes E

All others weaken the argument.

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30 Oct 2006, 07:19
one more E guys..
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30 Oct 2006, 10:56
one more for E

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30 Oct 2006, 13:10
Do such long winding CRs appear on the GMAT?...it took me 2 mins just to understand all the options..

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30 Oct 2006, 13:21
(E)

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30 Oct 2006, 20:10
Am confused between D & E, can someone please explain why D is wrong?

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30 Oct 2006, 20:12
nischalb wrote:
Am confused between D & E, can someone please explain why D is wrong?

D says satisfaction improved. That means the program was useful. Then D weaken's the conclusion reached in the argument.

see EXCEPT
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01 Nov 2006, 06:09
E 2

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