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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 EXCETP:
(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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31 Jul 2009, 19:27
would weaken the conclusion drawn above Except -----> Strengthen

A - Not relevant to the question
C and D - Weaken the conclusion

so now we are left with B and E

I initially picked B but later realized that B talks about operators who did not participate in Quality Circles

So we are left with E where it talks about machine operators expectations at the start of the program.

Can anyone offer a better explanation?
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31 Jul 2009, 22:03
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Ok Let me try and solve the question:

Like above post of sniptrader says; "weaken the conclusion drawn above EXCEPT" means what would Strengthen

We need to find "one of five" statements that proves that indeed people who participate in the program will become less satisfied because of the program itself 'OR' in other words the "rest four" statements should prove that there is something else that will cause dissatisfaction and not the program per say.

statement 1 : Weakens: its the recession and not the program that is causing dissatisfaction
statement 2: Weakens: As even the people who did not participate in program "too" are dissatisfied. thus, there is something else causing dis satisfaction and not the progrm itself
statement 3: not clear to understand in first go. could be the answer. lets hold on.
statement 4: Weakens: if few employees feel that while participating in SAME program previously their satisfaction had increased than it means there is something else this time around that's causing dissatisfaction
statement 5: Again not a very clear if this would be the answer

now we are left with C & E. I had chosen 'C' for answer and got it wrong

let see if we re-reading the statments in a 'particular way' may be we get the answer:
statement 3: "while participating . . . . " maybe is trying to tell that while in program they were happy, but post it not; which could again imply that something other than program itself is causing dissatisfaction. So, Weakens
statement 5: ".... when program started felt that, participation might improve working situations" may be is trying to tell that INFACT participation deteriorated the working situation albeit satisfaction. Thus, implying its the program itself causing dissatisfaction. hence this statement Strengthens the argument.

Am i getting it right. am sure if this came to me on test day, i would get it wrong

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31 Jul 2009, 23:39
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On 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.
-- Clearly shows that the the program is working and satisfaction levels increasing. So clearly it is weakening the conclusion

However on B - I am still confused.

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.

This means that the program clearly isn't working. Doesn't this strength the conclusion
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31 Jul 2009, 23:50
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On 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.
-- Clearly shows that the the program is working and satisfaction levels increasing. So clearly it is weakening the conclusion

However on B - I am still confused.

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.

This means that the program clearly isn't working. Doesn't this strength the conclusion

Hi Sniper,

In case of C. your line of thinking is simpler and direct. i would go with it. my way of "re-reading"it is not necessary.
In case of B. i don't agree with you. it is not strengthening i.e. its not saying that program is "not" working well. its is actually saying something irrespective of program is not working well which is causing dissatisfaction; there is something else wrong that why even non participants aren't happy. so program cannot be blamed. thus, this not strengthening the conclusion that program is at fault.
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01 Aug 2009, 05:02
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01 Aug 2009, 06:32
got it thnx
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01 Aug 2009, 15:21
c ... it is only givin informortion how they think
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01 Aug 2009, 19:23
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c ... it is only giving information how they think

hi jatt, what do you meant by "how they think" ?? . . in that sense every option E or any other is about how they think. its a survey so they would say about their feeling, what else!!
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