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Question # 00004817 Posted By: smartwriter Updated on: 12/06/2013 04:34 PM Due on: 12/31/2013
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31. Angelo speaks Italian, English, and French fluently. He has lived and worked in both Italy and France and has an MBA from a prestigious U.S. university. Angelo’s friends describe him as “incredibly cosmopolitan” and a person who “blends in like a native wherever he is.” Angelo probably has a/an ____ and would be a good candidate for a company looking to build its international business.

a.

Euro-centric focus

b.

Extroverted personality

c.

entrepreneurial tendency

d.

global mindset

32. Trunkline Chemicals is considering opening a manufacturing plant in Vietnam. As director of HR, you assign a committee of HR staff to investigate all of the following factors EXCEPT

a.

how the addition of ethnic Vietnames workers will affect the company’s affirmative action goals.

b.

the stability of the political environment in Vietnam.

c.

Vietnamese laws regarding compensation.

d.

the role and nature of labor unions in Vietnam.

33. Hofstede defined five dimensions for classifying national cultures. Which of the following is NOT one of these dimensions?

a.

masculinity-femininity

b.

secular/theocratic

c.

individualism

d.

power distance

34. Which of the following statements is TRUE?

a.

The U.S. has the highest hourly wage rates for manufacturing production workers in the world.

b.

Several northern European countries have higher hourly wage rates for manufacturing production workers than does the U.S.

c.

China’s hourly wage rate for manufacturing production workers is nearly as high as the wage rate in Mexico.

d.

A company considering moving a manufacturing production plant to Taiwan would pay approximately the same wage rate as if it moved to Brazil.

35. Global employers who manufacture products in countries with extremely low wages and substandard working conditions counter the accusation that they are “sweatshop employers” by arguing

a.

wages and working conditions were poor in the U.S. during the Industrial Revolution and this is a phase of development that all economies must eventually go through in order to advance.

b.

as these countries become more prosperous because of the increased level of employment, then the wage-rates paid by all employers in those countries will rise.

c.

they are bringing the benefits of Western business practices to the workers in these countries.

d.

their operations allow these employees to have jobs and thus improve their living standards.

36. ____ is the process of analyzing and identifying the need for and availability of human resources so that the organization can meet its objectives.

a.

Human resource planning

b.

Environmental scanning

c.

Labor market analysis

d.

Strategic planning

37. The Wickham County Hospital is the only full-service hospital providing care in Wickham County. The population of Wickham Country has been increasing by 10 percent a year the last two years, and projections are that the population will grow even more rapidly in the next ten years. To serve the increased need, next year the hospital will open a new wing doubling the number of beds in the hospital. The HR planning for next year must include all of the following EXCEPT

a.

analysis of the current employees’ knowledge, skills and abilities.

b.

predicting the turnover in each job description in the hospital.

c.

predicting the number of new employees needed in each job to staff the new wing.

d.

evaluation of the impact of the expansion on organizational culture.

38. Which of the following organizational events would NOT affect HR planning?

a.

declining quality of the community’s schools.

b.

technological changes in the manufacturing process.

c.

changing the accounting software used by the company.

d.

opening a branch office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

39. Which of the following best describes the responsibility for HR planning?

a.

HR planning is the responsibility of the top HR executive.

b.

Typically, HR planning is the responsibility of operating managers.

c.

The top HR executive and subordinate staff specialists have most of the responsibility for HR planning.

d.

HR planning is the responsibility of the organization's top management.

40. The HR unit's responsibilities during the planning process typically include

a.

identifying supply-and-demand needs for each department.

b.

implementation of HR plans as approved by top management.

c.

integration of HR plans with departmental plans.

d.

monitoring the HR plan to identify changes needed.

41. Chipper, the only grandchild of the founder of a successful commercial construction firm has just graduated from a noted university with a Ph.D. in zoology. Chipper is taking a year’s research fellowship at the San Diego Zoo to study tiger genetics. The top management positions in the firm have been held by family members since 1911. Chipper’s father, the present CEO, is 72 and has recently had heart surgery. The firm usually generates about $300 million in government highway projects per year. Which of the following statements is FALSE?

a.

This business has a succession problem.

b.

Years ago, this firm should have focused on attracting and retaining outsiders with key capabilities.

c.

It is time for Chipper to get serious and take over the family firm.

d.

This is not an unusual situation for a family firm.

42. One of the top challenges faced by family-owned firms is

a.

tax planning.

b.

anti-nepotism legislation.

c.

providing jobs for extended-family members.

d.

management succession.

43. The HR planning process begins with

a.

considering the organizational objectives and strategies.

b.

scanning the external environment for changes affecting the labor supply.

c.

analyzing the internal inventory of HR capabilities.

d.

forecasting the relationship between supply and demand for human resources.

44. Scanning the external environment is especially important for HR planning because

a.

of the limited supply of potential employees for all jobs in the firm.

b.

of the demographic patterns of the internal workforce.

c.

the organization must draw from the same labor market that supplies all other employers.

d.

the organization must meet certain affirmative action quotas.

45. In order to identify threats and opportunities in the world outside the organization, HR managers must

a.

evaluate the external workforce.

b.

conduct a competitive analysis.

c.

engage in environmental scanning.

d.

perform a global analysis.

46. The ability of an organization to compete with other organizations for a sufficient supply of human resources with the appropriate capabilities is

a.

an indicator of HR efficiency.

b.

one measure of organizational effectiveness.

c.

governed by the ability to offer job security.

d.

one input to the environmental scanning process.

47. Which of the following government regulations do NOT affect HR planning?

a.

pension laws.

b.

tax benefits for job-training expenses.

c.

regulations on the length of the work week.

d.

reporting requirements for workers’ compensation claims.

48. As the unemployment rate declines,

a.

the need for overtime also declines.

b.

early retirement plans become more attractive.

c.

people available for work tend to have poor qualifications.

d.

it becomes easier to fill jobs with skilled workers.

49. Which of the following has been a geographic trend within the last decade that has forced changes in HR plans?

a.

the movement of better educated workers to the Midwest

b.

the influx of highly skilled technical workers from Asia and India

c.

the deterioration of inner cities

d.

the outsourcing of jobs to countries with lower wage levels.

50. Arden Glassworks has been the major employer in the town of Arden for over 20 years, drawing mainly on the low and semi-skilled labor force. Now, a large telephone marketing firm is opening an operation in Arden which will also employ low and semi-skilled workers. Which of the following statements is TRUE?

a.

Since Arden and the marketing firm are in different industries, the impact on Arden’s workforce will be minimal.

b.

Arden will need to offer higher pay and benefits to its employees in order to keep them from moving to the new employer.

c.

The marketing firm would only open a new operation in a geographic location that has a low average wage so that it can minimize labor costs. Consequently, there will be no upward pressure on the wages and benefits Arden must pay.

d.

Since Arden and the marketing firm are in the same geographic area, Arden will need to consider the pay scales and benefits the new firm will offer.

51. All of the following are trends in the composition of the workforce EXCEPT

a.

the aging of the workforce.

b.

the availability of contingent workers.

c.

outsourcing.

d.

the falling age of workforce entry.

52. A comprehensive audit of all current jobs provides a basis for

a.

forecasting what jobs will need to be done in the future.

b.

an analysis of the capabilities of the company’s workforce.

c.

human capital accounting.

d.

the effectiveness and efficiency of the company’s human resources.

53. Much of the data needed for a comprehensive audit of all current jobs is to be found in the

a.

employee evaluations.

b.

supervisory files.

c.

existing staffing and organizational databases.

d.

personnel update forms completed by employees.

54. An HR planner should ask which of the following questions when auditing jobs?

a.

What is the demographic profile of the current job holders?

b.

How essential is each job?

c.

Which jobs have the highest turnover rate?

d.

Who is responsible for staffing the organization?

55. What is the basic source of data on current employees and their capabilities?

a.

employee evaluations

b.

supervisory files

c.

personnel update forms completed by employees

d.

HR records in the organization

56. The information in the employee skills inventory data bank

a.

should be posted on the company’s intranet.

b.

should be available only to those who have a specific use for it.

c.

can include non-job-related data on employees.

d.

is most useful in its measurement of the workforce’s soft skills.

57. Vincent, the vice president of HR, is studying the profile of the organization’s workforce. Vincent’s employer is a utility company and essentially provides life-time employment for workers, and the turnover rate is very low. Vincent’s eye is caught by a troubling aspect of the profile, and he says to himself, “This must be the result of the 7-year hiring freeze we had back in the 1970s,” and the low-level of hiring through the 1990s. Vincent has probably noticed

a.

a statistical “bulge” in the number of employees in mid-career.

b.

an organizational profile heavily weighted toward employees with low seniority levels.

c.

a lack of young female and minority employees.

d.

a gap between younger workers and workers who will be retiring in the next 10 years.

58. Which of the following statement is TRUE regarding forecasting methods?

a.

Subjective judgment has no place in modern HR forecasting.

b.

Research has shown that mathematical models are inadequate for HR forecasting.

c.

Forecasting is a combination of quantitative methods and subjective judgment.

d.

Complex computer simulations are able to project HR supply and demand accurately over the long-range.

59. Andrea, the director of HR for a large insurance company, is evaluating locations in different states for appropriateness of relocating the company’s headquarters. The external supply of potential workers plays a dominant role in the decision. Andrea needs to analyze all of the following factors regarding the external supply of labor EXCEPT

a.

the number and types of graduates from schools and colleges in the different locations.

b.

economic forecasts for the next three years for the different locations.

c.

the anticipated shifts in the technology of the work processes in the insurance company.

d.

the anticipated attrition from each job in the organization for the next three years.

60. An intermediate planning range usually projects ____ into the future.

a.

six months to one year

b.

one to five years

c.

three to five years

d.

beyond five years

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