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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 program’s existence than they were at the program’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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19 Jul 2007, 15:03
Between A and B I choose B

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19 Jul 2007, 18:36
Yes B for me

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19 Jul 2007, 20:22
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20 Jul 2007, 13:37
wow gr8 explanations. Thanks buddies !

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20 Jul 2007, 16:23
I vote for E. The question asks which answer does not weaken the conclusion. E doesn't strongly support the conclusion, but it is the only one that doesn't weaken it. It provides a possible link between the quality circles and the worker's dissatisfaction, the fact that there were expectations associated with the beginning of the quality circles.

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21 Jul 2007, 02:39
AugiTh wrote:
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 program’s existence than they were at the program’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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E for me.
Reason: it actually contradicts the argument as it says that the workers were already not happy with their situation so they were not happy in the beginning of the program. All other choices seem to strengthern the conclusion.

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21 Jul 2007, 08:11
E it is.
If you are already having high thoughts abt something and dont get the promised service,u are bound to be dissatisfied...E strengthens the argument.

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22 Jul 2007, 13:06
This is one that must be read carefully! The question asks which of the 5 statements DOES NOT weaken the conclusion. Hence, 4 of them will weaken the conclusion.
The conclusion is that workers who participate in quality circles will become dissatisfied.
(B) weakens the conclusion because it indicates that workers not involved in the quality circles were also dissatisfied.

(E) doesn't strongly support the conclusion, but it doesn't have to. It just has to not weaken it. The correct answer here could be a totally irrelevant fact, as long as it doesn't weaken the conclusion.

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16 Aug 2007, 23:53
I'll go with E

employees expected improvement but the improvement didn't happen

"were less satisfied with their work situations after two years of the program’s existence than they were at the program’s start."

E thus strengthens the argument
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17 Aug 2007, 00:03
E for me as well. E does not weaken the argument. All the rest weakens it.

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17 Aug 2007, 04:20
I am going with E, see below:

Stem:
-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 program’s existence than they were at the program’s start.
-Conclusion: Any workers who participate in a Quality Circles program will, as a result, become less satisfied with their jobs.
Argument says QCP --->dissatisfaction, where (--->) equals (causing).

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.
Cutbacks --->dissatisfaction , hence weakens
(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.
It suggests, non-QCP participants were also =dissatisfied. Hence, something else--->dissatisfaction of QCP participants, hence weakens
(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.
This one is attacking the definition of "dissatifaction" and suggesting key indicators show otherwise, hence weakens
(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.
Other firm using QCP are having positive results. So, it may be something else--->dissatisfaction of QCP participants, hence weakens
(E) The machine operators who participated in Quality Circles reported that, when the program started, they felt that participation might improve their work situations.
Neutral
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18 Aug 2007, 19:15
I am with E too.

E strengthens the conclusion by saying when employees entered into this program they were optimistic. IF this was not the case, them that would weaken the conclusion
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