Quiz(xudong) - Quiz 5 Question 1 0 out of 1 points Minority domination tends to be a particular problem in Answer Selected Answer groups of less

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Quiz 5 Question 1 0 out of 1 points Minority domination tends to be a particular problem in ____. Answer Selected Answer: groups of less than five Correct Answer: groups of ten or larger Response Feedback: Minority domination occurs when just a few members of a group dominate team discussions. Question 2 1 out of 1 points Standard Motor Products Standard Motor Products makes aftermarket auto parts for repairs and replacement that are sold by warehouse distributors like Carquest and NAPA (National Automotive Parts Association) and auto parts retailers like Advance Auto Parts and Auto-Zone. Its products include emission and engine controls, voltage regulators, sensors, ignition wires, distributor caps and rotors, ignition and electrical parts, air-conditioning compressors, accumulators, fan clutches, heater cores and valves, evaporators, hoses, and window lift motors. Although the aftermarket auto parts market will reach $56 billion by 2008, it’s incredibly competitive, and companies that don’t continue to improve quickly lose market share and profits. Right now, Standard Motor Products is struggling. Downtime—when machines aren’t running—is up significantly, and, when parts aren’t being produced, revenues aren’t being generated. Not surprisingly, productivity is also down, and costs are up. Since Standard competes in an industry where the difference between a profit and a loss is three cents per hose, it can’t continue to incur rising costs. The company is already losing millions per year and is closing down money-losing production facilities. You’re worried that your plant, which is facing a perfect storm of problems, is next. Problem number one is a top-down, authoritarian culture where managers pride themselves on being tough on workers. Combine that with a work force that is 50 percent
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unionized, and let’s just say there’s no love lost between managers and workers. Second, the workers dislike each other, too. Language difficulties separate the white and African American workers from the Hispanic and Asian workers. In fact, negative feelings were so strong that when the company introduced English language classes, almost no one attended. With their noise and nonstop pressure to keep costs low, quality high, and production on schedule, manufacturing plants are already challenging places to work. Stir in an authoritarian culture, intense hostility between labor and management, a militant employee union, basic communication/language problems between employees, and hard feelings all around, and you’ve got the recipe for poor results that are sure to lead company headquarters to shut this place down. In response to this situation, management decided to implement a team-based structure at the Edwardsville, Kansas plant. In the end, managers decided to give the teams the highest level of autonomy. Consequently, the teams directly control all their tasks, how those tasks get done, and who does or does not become a member of each
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Quiz(xudong) - Quiz 5 Question 1 0 out of 1 points Minority domination tends to be a particular problem in Answer Selected Answer groups of less

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