Practice Test: IB Business And Management- Human Resources: #2.2

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following is not a valid reason why a firm may choose to delayer its organizational structure?
    • A. 

      Remove ambiguity in the chain of command

    • B. 

      Improves speed of communication

    • C. 

      More cost efficient (less management overheads)

    • D. 

      To motivate and empower staff with new responsibilities and increase motivation

  • 2. 
    Which of the following reasons is not a valid reason why a firm may choose to downsize?
    • A. 

      It is cheaper because only core staff receive full benefits

    • B. 

      Downsizing means a reduction in staff numbers which has cost-savings benenefits

    • C. 

      Staff are nopw more likely to feel secure in their jobs after a significant round of redundancies

    • D. 

      Less management, and less management associated overheads, is needed due to a smaller workforce

  • 3. 
    A matrix structure may cause problems for a business because staff may have some concerns about prioritising tasks when they have more than one potential line manager.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is least likely to be a concern for a firm adopting a matrix structure?
    • A. 

      Some staff may have concerns about the priority of different projects and tasks

    • B. 

      Decreased productivity to communication pronblems

    • C. 

      There is a potential for certain team members to have a dysfunctional working relationship

    • D. 

      Management control may be more difficult as potential for prioritisation and team conflicts increase

  • 5. 
    Which of the following is not a way that effective delegation can help motivate workers?
    • A. 

      Staff empowerment

    • B. 

      Increased responsibility

    • C. 

      Pay increases associated with increased responsibility

    • D. 

      Esteem needs being satisfied

  • 6. 
    It is important for businesses to understand their informal structures for all of the following reasons except:
    • A. 

      Informal organisations can help promote a sense of belongingness in an organisation

    • B. 

      Informal groups are a good way of spreading and receiving messages

    • C. 

      Informal structure reduce the need for formal structures, and therefore can save on management overheads

    • D. 

      Knowledge and skills are unevenly distributed throughout an organisation and the use of the informal organisation can help to identify and exploit different sources of knowledge and skill

  • 7. 
    The official path that instructions are passed along is termed the 'chain of command'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The official path that instructions are passed along is termed the 'span of control'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Flat organisational structures help improve communication.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Tall organisational structures help improve communication.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    The person directly above you in an organisation is called your 'line manager'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The person directly above you in an organisation is called your 'chain of command manager'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    An orgainisational structure with many levels in the hierarchy is a
    • A. 

      Tall organisational structure

    • B. 

      Flat organisational structure

    • C. 

      Matrix organisational structure

    • D. 

      Delegated organisational structure

  • 14. 
    An orgainisational structure with few levels in the hierarchy is a
    • A. 

      Tall organisational structure

    • B. 

      Flat organisational structure

    • C. 

      Matrix organisational structure

    • D. 

      Delegated organisational structure

  • 15. 
    Removing layers in the hierarchy to cut costs is termed
    • A. 

      Restructuring

    • B. 

      Downsizing

    • C. 

      Delayering

    • D. 

      Redundency

  • 16. 
    Teams formed naturally, through unofficial means are termed the informal organisation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Teams formed naturally, through unofficial means are termed the teamworking organisation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    A span of control that encompasses many people is called
    • A. 

      Flat

    • B. 

      Wide

    • C. 

      Narrow

    • D. 

      Tall

  • 19. 
    A wide span of control is one that encompasses many people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    A narrow span of control is one that encompasses many people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    A firm with a flat organisational structure has few layers of management.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    The span of control is inversely realted to the number of layers in an organisation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    A wide span of control requires effective delegation of authority and responsibility.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Delegation comes with extra financial rewards; e.g., pay rises.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Responsibility cannot be delegated; i.e., it always remains the authority of the line manager.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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