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The function of strategic planning is to position a company for long term growth and expansion in a variety of markets by analyzing its strengths and weaknesses and examining current and potential opportunities. Based on this information, the company develops strategy for itself. That strategy then becomes the basis for supporting strategies for its various departments.
This is where all too many strategic plans go astray-at implementation. The recent business management surveys show that most CEOs who have a strategic plan are concerned with the potential breakdown in the implementation of the plan. Unlike nineteen eighties and nineties corporations that blindly followed their five year plans even when they were misguided, today’s corporations tend to second guess.

An outsider can help facilitate the process, but in the final analysis, if the company doesn’t make the plan, the company won’t follow the plan. This was one of the problems with strategic planning in the nineteen eighties. In that era, it was an abstract, top down process involving only a few top corporate officers and hired guns. Number crunching experts came into a company and generated tome-like volumes filled with a mixture of abstruse facts and grand theories which had little to do with the day to day realities of the company. Key middle managers were left out of the planning sessions, resulting in lost opportunities and ruffled feelings.

However, more hands-on strategic planning can produce startling results. A recent surveys queries over a thousand small to medium sized business to compare companies with
the strategic plan to companies without one. The survey found that companies with strategic plans had annual revenue growth of 6.2 percent as opposed to 3.8 percent for the
other companies.

Perhaps most importantly, a strategic plan helps companies anticipate – and survive – change. New technology and the mobility of capital mean that markets can shift faster than ever before. Some financial analysts wonder why they should do the planning two years ahead when market dynamics may be transformed by next quarter. The fact is that it is the very pace of change that makes planning so crucial. Now, more than ever, companies have to stay alert to the marketplace. In an environment of continual and rapid change, long range planning expands options and organizational flexibility.
The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack



It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT
(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas



The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to
(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans so that she can then refute it
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s
(D) support her contention that strategic planning, when done correctly, can be very successful
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans



The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?
(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology.






A really nice passage :) Sorry but I have only a screenshot but is clear OA after some discussion. Thanks

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The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow-->The entire passage talks about the benefits of long term planning .
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack

It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan--> this seems to be the best possible answers.This answer can also be challenged because the companies brought in experts from outside to do the analysis.Though this is the best answer.
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas

The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to

(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans so that she can then refute it
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s
(D) support her contention that strategic planning, when done correctly, can be very successful-->The whole passage tells us about the benefits of startergic planning
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans

The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?

(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.-->Line 42 mentions this .
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology.
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It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan--> this seems to be the best possible answers.This answer can also be challenged because the companies brought in experts from outside to do the analysis.
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas


In this we have confusion between C & D.

"Passage tells at line 24 that there is a bulk of information theories available that have little to do with realities of a company."

From this we can leave option D.

So C would be the best answer.
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Question number 4 why not A?

They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace?
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Give some explanation about the answers. we could help the commuity. :roll:

OA: B C D D


BINGO!!!!!

Here are my thoughts on the passage. The passage is relatively easy and could be classified at mid range to easy difficulty levels. (600-650 or there abouts).

1) The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health (the passage is not refuting any idea)
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow (this is gist of the passage, 2nd last and last paragraph emphasized this point more).
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning (There is no compare and contrast between styles of planning. Infact author cites 1980's strategic planning to emphasize the bad practices followed then.)
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today (The author does not ONLY talk about corporations today;she/he also cites 1980's corporations and their practices)
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack (This is not relevant as already mentioned above)

2) It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan (This is clearly cited in the passage in Line #14,15,16. The passage clearly states the companies followed the plan diligently)
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas

3) The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to

(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans so that she can then refute it
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s
(D) support her contention that strategic planning, when done correctly, can be very successful (This is clearly implied from Line#34,35,36 that companies which implemented strategic planning had better growth figures than companies otherwise.)
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans

4) The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?

(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning. (Line#42 implies that 'financial analysts' might not necessarily agree with Author's point of view of long term planning)
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology.

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very nice passage.
reading time: 0508
overall time: 0919
all correct.
answers were preety straightforward.

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Question number 4 why not A?

They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace?


Perhaps most importantly, a strategic plan helps companies anticipate – and survive – change. New technology and the mobility of capital mean that markets can shift faster than ever before. Some financial analysts wonder why they should do the planning two years ahead when marketdynamics may be transformed by next quarter. The fact is that it is the very pace of change that makes planning so crucial. Now, more than ever, companies have to stay alert to the marketplace. In an environment of continual and rapid change, long range planning expands options and organizational flexibility.

The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?
(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
it was not the thought of the financial analyst rather it was the reasoning given by the author in order to prove that long before planning is required.

(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.
this was the coprrect answer ==>see highlited part.
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9:15min 4/4.

I just watched a video from my dream b school and afterward I got so energized and focused that I got all correct.

Overall passage was easy and not so convoluted to read in one breath.
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very nice passage.
reading time: 0508
overall time: 0919
all correct.
answers were preety straightforward.

fozzzy wrote:
Question number 4 why not A?

They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace?


Perhaps most importantly, a strategic plan helps companies anticipate – and survive – change. New technology and the mobility of capital mean that markets can shift faster than ever before. Some financial analysts wonder why they should do the planning two years ahead when marketdynamics may be transformed by next quarter. The fact is that it is the very pace of change that makes planning so crucial. Now, more than ever, companies have to stay alert to the marketplace. In an environment of continual and rapid change, long range planning expands options and organizational flexibility.

The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 41–44 ?
(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
it was not the thought of the financial analyst rather it was the reasoning given by the author in order to prove that long before planning is required.

(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.
this was the coprrect answer ==>see highlited part.


Could you please explain question 2:

It can be inferred from the passage that, in general, strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT
(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas

i had confusion between c and D . and i selected D

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The function of strategic planning is to position a company for long-term growth and expansion in a variety of markets by analyzing its strengths and weaknesses and examining current and potential opportunities. Based on this information, the company develops a strategy for itself. That strategy becomes the basis for supporting strategies for the company’s various departments. This implementation strategy is where all too many strategic plans go astray. Recent business management surveys show that most CEOs who have a strategic plan are concerned with the potential breakdown in the implementation of the plan. Unlike corporations in the 1980s that blindly followed their 5-year plans, even when they were misguided, today’s corporations tend to second-guess their long-term plans.

Outsiders can help facilitate the process, but in the final analysis, if the company does not make the plan, the company will not follow the plan. This was one of the problems with strategic planning in the 1980s. In that era, strategic planning was an abstract, top-down process involving only a few top corporate officers and hired guns. Number crunching experts came into a company and generated tome-like volumes filled with a mixture of abstruse facts and grand theories which had little to do with the day-to-day realities of the company. Key middle managers were left out of planning sessions, resulting in lost opportunities and ruffled feelings.

However, more hands-on strategic planning can produce startling results. A recent survey queried more than a thousand small-to-medium sized businesses to compare companies with a strategic plan to companies without one. The survey found that companies with strategic plans had annual revenue growth of 6.2 percent as opposed to 3.8 percent for the other companies.

Perhaps most important, a strategic plan helps companies anticipate—and survive— change. New technology and the mobility of capital means that markets can shift faster than ever before. Some financial analysts wonder why companies should bother planning two years ahead when market dynamics might be transformed by next quarter. However, it is this pace of change that makes planning so crucial. Now, more than ever, companies have to stay alert to the marketplace. In an environment of continual and rapid change, long-range planning expands options and organizational flexibility.

1. The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack
Spoiler: :: OA
B


2. It can be inferred from the passage that strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas
Spoiler: :: OA
C


3. The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to

(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans which is later refuted
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s
(D) support the contention that strategic planning can be very successful when done correctly
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans
Spoiler: :: OA
D


4. The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in the highighted text?

(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning.
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology.
Spoiler: :: OA
D


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1. The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health - Incorrect - Passage does not refute the idea that change is bad
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow - Correct
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning - Incorrect - Passage explains about Strategic Planning. Compare and contrast is not seen here
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today - Incorrect - Corporate America?
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack - Incorrect - Passage doesn't try to defend any methodology.

Answer: B

3. The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to - We have to refer to the following lines in the passage "A recent survey queried
more than a thousand small-to-medium sized businesses to compare companies with a strategic plan to companies without one. The survey found that companies with strategic plans had annual revenue growth of 6.2 percent as opposed to 3.8 percent for the other companies." - Clearly the author mentions these lines to show that companies perform better with Strategic Planning.

Answer: D

4. The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 44–47 ? - We have to refer the following lines in the passage "Some financial analysts wonder why companies should bother planning two years ahead when market dynamics might be transformed by next quarter." - indicates that Financial Analysts are against long term plans - Option D highlights this explanation

Answer: D
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My Answer are
1. B
2. C
3. D
4. D

Seems to be a simple RC
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First paragraph - Discusses about Strategic Planning.
Second paragraph - Presents reasons for the failure of strategic planning in 1980's.
Third paragraph - Advantages of strategic planning.
Fourth paragraph - Reasons for why strategic planning is needed

The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health - Incorrect. Opposite.
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow - Correct.
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning - Incorrect. Only one concept is discussed in the passage.
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today - Incorrect. We are not evaluating the goals (of strategic planning).
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack - Incorrect. Too harsh. Strategic planning is not criticized.

Answer: B.

It can be inferred from the passage that strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business - Incorrect. True.
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company - Incorrect. True.
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan - Correct. Not stated in the passage.
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts - Incorrect. True.
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas - Incorrect. True.

Answer: C

The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to

(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans which is later refuted - Incorrect. Opposite.
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results - Incorrect. Opposite.
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s - Incorrect. Out of context.
(D) support the contention that strategic planning can be very successful when done correctly - Correct.
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans - Incorrect. Narrow scope.

Answer: D

The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in lines 44–47 ?

(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace. - Incorrect. Opposite.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead. - Incorrect. Opposite.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short term planning strategies. - Incorrect. Opposite.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long range planning. - Correct.
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology - Incorrect. Out of scope.

Answer: D
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Perfect Map - took me 4 min ; total 10 min for 4 questions.
All correct
But need to improve the speed .
Can someone suggest me some improvements.
As i have changed my strategy.
My previous strategy was attacking critically - which was only 50 percent accurate in 700 lvl questions with just few minutes. much less than what it is taking now with good accuracy :) .
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New post 17 Apr 2018, 04:02
took 5 min
missed #2
I should have read the answer choice (C) and (D) more carefully because (D) was mentioned in the form of number crunching.
(A) (B) (E) super easy to eliminate.
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Got 4/4 correct in 10:50 min including 6 min to read the passage!

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1) Strategic Planning
2) Problem in 90's
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3 mins 17 sec and all correct.

Easy passage with easy questions.

The author is trying to explain the importance of long term planning and how it's implementation is as important as the conception. Why corporations failed in the past and how medium and small corporations outperform competition when the engage in long term plans. Then it ends with dismissing financial analysts concerns that market is changing every quarter and hence planning has no value by proposing that long term planning is essential to survive change.


Vyshak has already explained perfectly so I will not go into the option-wise details of all the questions but give my passing comments on all of them.


1. The primary purpose of the passage is to

(A) refute the idea that change is bad for a corporation’s long-term health meh. That's not the point. Passage says that we can counter change by long term planning
(B) describe how long-term planning, despite some potential pitfalls, can help a corporation to grow Bingo - this is precisely the main point.
(C) compare and contrast two styles of corporate planning BS option. Discard
(D) evaluate the strategic planning goals of corporate America today BS option discard.
(E) defend a methodology that has come under sharp attack Sharp attack? BS option. Discard.

Detail question with a little bit trick in the options.
2. It can be inferred from the passage that strategic planning during the 1980s had all of the following shortcomings EXCEPT

(A) a reliance on outside consultants who did not necessarily understand the nuts and bolts of the business
(B) a dependence on theoretical models that did not always perfectly describe the workings of the company
(C) an inherent weakness in the company’s own ability to implement the strategic plan Bingo - there was no inherent weakness just bad implementation.
(D) an excess of information and data that made it difficult to get to key concepts
(E) the lack of a forum for middle managers to express their ideas

Another detail question. Requires understanding the main idea and the flow of the passage
3. The author most likely mentions the results of the survey of 1,000 companies in order to

(A) put forth an opposing view on strategic plans which is later refuted opposite. Discard
(B) illustrate that when strategic planning is “hands-on,” it produces uninspiring results. opposite. Discard
(C) give a concrete example of why strategic planning did not work during the 1980s nah. That's not what the example is about. Discard.
(D) support the contention that strategic planning can be very successful when done correctly Bingo. This gives the statistics behind support for long term planning
(E) give supporting data to prove that many companies have implemented strategic plans TRAP - this too is true. But why does the author mention this? Not just to give bland data but to support his assertion about long term planning.

Easy detail question. Just need to know that financial analysts are on the opposite side of the author.
4. The passage suggests which of the following about the “financial analysts” mentioned in the highighted text?

(A) They believe that strategic planning is the key to weathering the rapid changes of the marketplace. Opposite. Discard.
(B) They are working to understand and anticipate market developments that are two years ahead. Bs option. Discard.
(C) Their study of market dynamics has led them to question the reliability of short-term planning strategies. What? BS option. Discard.
(D) They might not agree with the author that one way to survive rapidly changing conditions comes from long-range planning. Bingo - they mention their reservations about long term planning in the volatile marketplace.
(E) They consider the mobility of capital to be a necessary condition for the growth of new technology. BS option .discard. never mentioned in the passage.

Hope all questions are clear now.

Regards,
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Took 8:48 min in total including 4 min to read the passage!

Passage Map:


1) SP
2) Use of SP before
3) Proper implementation of SP => Great results
4) Another benefit: anticipate change
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