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This activity contains 22 questions.

Question 1.
The prescriptive and emergent approaches to strategy view the role of human resources very differently. Which of the following statements best captures this difference?

 
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Question 2.
Who was it that said: "The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage"?

 
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Question 3.
A basic analysis of human resources can be constructed for the company. However, from a strategy viewpoint, it would be more valuable if this were filtered using key factors for success, competitive comparisons and, if appropriate, international considerations.

   
 
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Question 4.
What is meant by the term 'organisational culture'?

 
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Question 5.
Which of the following is not one of the influences on culture cited in the text?

 
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Question 6.
What is the 'cultural web'?

 
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Question 7.
Which of the following types of cultures did Charles Handy identify?

 
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Question 8.
In examining the four main types of organisational culture, there are three important qualifications. Which of the following is not one of these?

 
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Question 9.
What do you understand by the term 'a prospector organisation'?

 
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Question 10.
Business process re-engineering (BPR) was very popular in the 1990s as a way of improving efficiency and effectiveness in organisations. But what is 'BPR'?

 
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Question 11.
What are the two principal reasons for organisational conflict?

 
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Question 12.
Who defined national culture as: "The collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one group from another"?

 
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Question 13.
Which of the following is not one of Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck's dimensions of national culture?

 
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Question 14.
From his analysis of the data from a survey of 116,000 IBM employees, Hofstede identified four (later five) dimensions of culture. Which of the following is not one of them?

 
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Question 15.
In Case 7.3 in the book, reference is made to Keiretsu and Chaebol. What are these?

 
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Question 16.
Which of the following statements best summarises the view of the relationship between culture and strategy expressed by Andrew Brown in the Key Reading in the book?

 
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Question 17.
Which two Japanese companies seriously reduced Xerox's global share of the photocopier market in the 1970s and 1980s?

 
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Question 18.
What are the two main elements of a human resource (HR) audit?

 
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Question 19.
Which of the following is not one of the five main elements of organisational culture?

 
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Question 20.
Which of the four main types of culture requires the organisation to rely on committees, structures, logic and analysis?

 
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Question 21.
Which of the following is not a strategic approach to strategy?

 
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Question 22.
Which of the following is not important in the analysis of the political network?

 
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