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Human Resource Management: Test 1

Q1. What is meant by the term 'management by objectives'?

(Select one answer)

(a) * A system of giving the authority to carry out certain jobs by those lower down the management hierarchy.
(b) * The system of management that is based on bringing together experts into a team.
(c) * The setting of objectives to bring about the achievement of the corporate goals.
(d) * The control of the organisation by those in the 'head office'.


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Q2. A manager may delegate any of the following except

(Select one answer)

(a) * authority.
(b) * workload.
(c) * responsibility.
(d) * attendance at meetings to represent the department.


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Q3. Workforce planning involves all of the following except

(Select one answer)

(a) * organising the training of staff.
(b) * forecasting future personnel requirements.
(c) * examining production plans in a factory.
(d) * preparing and maintaining personnel records.


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Q4. Maslow, in his triangle of human needs, showed that

(Select one answer)

(a) * having challenging new tasks is a basic human need.
(b) * money always motivates workers.
(c) * safety and security is a low order human need.
(d) * workers will not give of their best unless they have good social events provided by the firm.


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Q5. Piecework is a payment system where the worker is

(Select one answer)

(a) * paid overtime for any hours worked beyond 25 per week.
(b) * rewarded for good conduct.
(c) * is paid a minimum of £4.20 per hour.
(d) * is paid for what he or she achieves.


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Q6. Which of the following will NOT result following the introduction of a more decentralised system of management?

(Select one answer)

(a) * Increased motivation amongst those empowered to make decisions.
(b) * Greater consistency in the decisions made.
(c) * The development of skills amongst the junior members of the management team.
(d) * An increase in the speed at which essential decisions are made.


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Q7. An advantage of recruitment from outside the company is

(Select one answer)

(a) * that it is cheaper than internal recruitment.
(b) * that there is no need to advertise the vacancy.
(c) * that it brings in new experience and skills to the firm.
(d) * that it avoids jealousy within the firm.


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Q8. When designing his hierarchy of needs triangle Maslow did NOT include one of these. Was it?

(Select one answer)

(a) * Good wages and salaries and working conditions.
(b) * The need to feel secure at work with adequate financial rewards such as pensions to assist one later in life.
(c) * The need to build a career path .
(d) * Opportunities for teamworking and social events that allow a sense of belonging to emerge.


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Q9. When deciding on objectives for management it is advised that companies should aim to achieve 'SMART' within these. Which of the following is NOT part of the SMART scheme?

(Select one answer)

(a) * The need to be Specific in the choice of objectives.
(b) * The need to make objectives Tangible.
(c) * All objectives must be Measurable.
(d) * For personnel to feel capable of reaching objectives they must be Achievable.


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Q10. Which of the following is a reason for introducing a matrix management system?

(Select one answer)

(a) * Because it allows for an easily understood functional responsibility chart to designed.
(b) * The management can increase the use of delegation within the organisation.
(c) * The senior management wants to develop a clearly defined set of responsibilities.
(d) * A more centralised system of control is required.


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Q11. What is meant by the term functional management?

(Select one answer)

(a) * A system of business organisation that is based on an individual having a wide range of skills needed to administer a business..
(b) * A type of management that is based more on personality.
(c) * A system that groups together various jobs and is organised by departments, sections or functions.
(d) * A system that supports a flat form of command chain.


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Q12. What is meant by the term delegation?

(Select one answer)

(a) * A system of management that relies on consulting employees before making decisions.
(b) * The process of using goals as the best way of motivating managers to achieve corporate targets/objectives.
(c) * The giving of tasks by a manager to a subordinate.
(d) * A style of management supported by FW Taylor.


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Q13. Which of the following is a reason for supporting a wider span of control within an organisation?

(Select one answer)

(a) * The management wants to reduce the opportunities for delegation.
(b) * There is a need for tighter control within the business.
(c) * The business accepts that within its management there will be increased contact between managers and employees.
(d) * Management wishes to introduce a process of de-layering.


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Q14. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of a narrow span of control?

(Select one answer)

(a) * There is less opportunity to delegate.
(b) * This form of span of control creates a smaller hierarchy within the business.
(c) * Supervision and control are tighter.
(d) * The distance between the top and bottom of the organisation is greater.


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Q15. The effectiveness of wide spans of control will depend on

(Select one answer)

(a) * The ability of the chosen manager to control effectively those under their control.
(b) * Designing a complex set of tasks for less senior personnel to perform.
(c) * Employees being treated in a more Theory X way (McGregor) and not left to supervise their own working environment.
(d) * The senior management wishing to encourage promotion from within its current staff.


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Q16. Which of the following is the best definition of a centralised management system?

(Select one answer)

(a) * A system that encourages empowerment of workers.
(b) * A management structure that concentrates on developing the skills of junior personnel.
(c) * A system that involves authority and responsibility for decision-making being in the hands of senior managers.
(d) * A system that encourages faster decision-making.


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