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Chapter 8: Adapting Organizations To Today's Markets

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Chapter 8:  Adapting Organizations To Today
Chapter 8 quiz from Understanding Business text book.

  
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  • 1. 
    Economies of scale:
    • A. 

      Are available to small firms but not to large firms due to management inefficiencies

    • B. 

      Are achieved when a firm reduces its average cost of goods as it produces more

    • C. 

      Can be avoided by purchasing supplies and raw materials in large quantities

    • D. 

      Help explain the success of small businesses


  • 2. 
    Mo was just hired by a firm that has a very bureaucratic organization. Mo is likely to encounter which of the following conditions in his firm?
    • A. 

      Few layers of management

    • B. 

      Many rules and regulations that employees are expected to follow

    • C. 

      A career path that requires employees to change departments on a regular basis

    • D. 

      Departmentalization by customer group


  • 3. 
    In a(n) ________ organization, decision-making authority is maintained at the top level of management.
    • A. 

      Compartmentalized

    • B. 

      Standardized

    • C. 

      Inverted

    • D. 

      Centralized


  • 4. 
    Within its production department, Marlin Manufacturing has shift leaders, supervisors, assistant plan managers, plan managers, product group managers, assistant division managers, division managers, an assistant vice president for production, and a vice president in charge of production. Marlin Manufacturing is an example of a(n) _________ organization.
    • A. 

      Tall

    • B. 

      Wide

    • C. 

      Cross-functional

    • D. 

      Decentralized


  • 5. 
    Which of the following positions in a firm would be classified as a staff position?
    • A. 

      An assembly line worker for a major auto manufacturer

    • B. 

      The chief executive officer of a small corporation

    • C. 

      A sales manager for a chain of clothing stores

    • D. 

      A lawyer employed in the legal department of a manufacturing corporation


  • 6. 
    Groups of employees from different departments who work together on a long-term basis are members of:
    • A. 

      Focus groups

    • B. 

      Control groups

    • C. 

      Cross-functional teams

    • D. 

      Intrapraneurial teams


  • 7. 
    As the head of the marketing department, Jody works with her subordinates on complex and challenging projects. The level of detail in this work requires Jody to spend a significant amount of tiime with her subordinates providing advice and support. Within the marketing department, Jody probably has a(n) ______ span of control.
    • A. 

      Wide

    • B. 

      Narrow

    • C. 

      Unlimited

    • D. 

      Functional


  • 8. 
    The process of rating an organization's practices, processes, and products against the best of the world is known as:
    • A. 

      Ratio analysis

    • B. 

      Analysis of variance (ANOVA)

    • C. 

      Benchmarking

    • D. 

      A PERT (program evaluation and review technique) analysis


  • 9. 
    Excite Enterprises has decided to let another company that specializes in accounting services handle all of its financial records and prepare its tax forms. This is an example of:
    • A. 

      Outsourcing

    • B. 

      Functional reassignment

    • C. 

      Functional inversion

    • D. 

      Benchmarking


  • 10. 
    The _________ consists of relationships that develop spontaneously as employees meet and form power centers.
    • A. 

      Informal organization

    • B. 

      Bureaucratic structure

    • C. 

      Secondary organization

    • D. 

      Formal organization


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