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The chief executive officer of one o the country's most successful steel manufacturing firms is amused at the publicity her management practices have attracted. She thinks managers get too much of the credit for upswings in their business. " A fickle public assumes too easily that managers are brilliant when demand is strong and idiotic when it is weak." she asserts.

It can be inferred from the statement made by the chief executive officer that she believes which of the following?

a) a successful manager should attempt to control public opinion.

b) There are no managers who can justifiably be said ti be brillirant.

c) Her own managegement practices are likely to be of little value to other business.

d) The role of managers becomes less important during economic downturns than it is in relatively prosperous times.

e) The level of demand for the products of manufacturing firms cannot be completely controlled by the managers of the firm.

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01 Feb 2012, 05:11
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The chief executive officer of one o the country's most successful steel manufacturing firms is amused at the publicity her management practices have attracted. She thinks managers get too much of the credit for upswings in their business. " A fickle public assumes too easily that managers are brilliant when demand is strong and idiotic when it is weak." she asserts.

It can be inferred from the statement made by the chief executive officer that she believes which of the following?

a) a successful manager should attempt to control public opinion.

b) There are no managers who can justifiably be said ti be brillirant.

c) Her own managegement practices are likely to be of little value to other business.

d) The role of managers becomes less important during economic downturns than it is in relatively prosperous times.

e) The level of demand for the products of manufacturing firms cannot be completely controlled by the managers of the firm.

Please, answer this question woth your reasoning.

The CEO's thoughts are thus:

If demand is strong, the public sees managers as brilliant.
If demand is weak, the public sees managers as idiotic.
Demand is strong for our steel manufacturing firm (this we infer because it is so successful).
The managers at our steel manufacturing firm are getting too much credit for our strong demand.

From the last sentence alone we can infer that there is something else apart from the managers going on to lift up demand. Therefore, the level of demand for the products of manufacturing firms cannot be completely controlled by the managers of the firm.

A little tautological, but deductively valid!
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01 Feb 2012, 08:33
Cause and EFfect to me. Strong Demand cause managers to be "good". However good managers does not always cause strong demand.
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01 Feb 2012, 18:10
+1 E

This is a must be true question. This means that new information is not allowed in the choices. The correct choice is limited by the information in the question stem.
Let's analyze each choice:

eybrj2 wrote:
a) a successful manager should attempt to control public opinion. - Tempting, but let's see the other choices.
b) There are no managers who can justifiably be said ti be brillirant. - That's new info and extreme.
c) Her own managegement practices are likely to be of little value to other business. - The CEO doesn't talk about other business.

d) The role of managers becomes less important during economic downturns than it is in relatively prosperous times. - The CEO doesn't mention this.
e) The level of demand for the products of manufacturing firms cannot be completely controlled by the managers of the firm.- Correct. The CEO believes that there are other variables that determine the performance of the company. This is better than A.

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17 Feb 2012, 17:30
I was confused between B and E and finally chose B, why is B incorrect, as she does mention people give to much credit to managers when they are not entirely responsible for the upswing, hence none of them are as brilliant?
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19 Feb 2012, 09:16
^B takes it a step too far.. The CEO mentions how too much credit can given to managers during upswings in demand. This would not preclude them from being brilliant, however. Her assertion is unrelated to the intelligence of managers. It reflects on the public rather than on managers themselves..

Another vote for E here..
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19 Feb 2012, 19:32
+1 for E. She says that the managers get too much attention.This one is the catch .She says that they were overly praised for the things which are not controlled by them .
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