2 Sep 2014

Smu mba technology management sample paper set three




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2. Technology development activities are usually carried out through setting up of separate _____ units within the business, managed and headed by a well-qualified and experienced chief, directly reporting to the top management.
Correct
In-house R&D
Feedback:
Right Choice: Technology development activities are usually carried out through setting up of separate units within the business, managed and headed by a well-qualified and experienced chief, directly reporting to the top management.
Co-operative R&D
R&D Collaboration
Contract Research

3. The industrial and organisational disorder produced by technological change, and increased international competitive pressures provide threats and opportunities for firms is termed as _______________.
Management
Correct
Micro-level Strategy
Feedback:
Right choice: In Micro-level Strategy the industrial and organisational disorders produced by technological change, and increase the international competitive pressures and provide threats and opportunities for firms
Competitive strategy
Organisation

4. This unit that has close interactions with other departments within the company and exchange of personnel among different departments is termed as _______________.
HOGEN RE
Wrong
Knowledge
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Knowledge is the entry into a new high technology market is restricted because it is new and is not widely known.
Correct
In-house R&D
Technological

5. Which are the following issues identified by Mark Dodgson bearing on the importance of corporate strategy for technology?
Correct
The need for technology to be viewed in a global context.
Improving the production processes to lower production costs and increase quality.
Inefficiencies in the production processes and in production design.
Wrong
It is the state of being which occurs when an object, service or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order.
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Obsolescence is the state of being which occurs when an object, service or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order.

6. Identify the stage followed in R&D projects which tend to go through Corporate research and development.
Motivate the investors to shift into more complex technologies, and promote the technological functions undertaken locally.
Wrong
Transient impact of technological innovation on the future competencies of the corporation.
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Transient impact of technological innovation on the future competencies of the corporation. SO, it is not the step followed in R&D project.
Correct
Production prototype and pilot production.
Explore possible new technology basis.

7. R&D projects in corporate research, create and extend the lifetimes of corporate products that avoid_______________obsolescence of businesses.
Reformulation
Correct
Technological
Wrong
Transient
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Transient is passing particularly quickly into and out of existence or producing results beyond itself.
Technology
Unit 08-2 Mark
1. Identify from the following choices the technology strategies and their need:
1. Formulating a Technology Strategy.
2. Pricing Strategy.
3. Macro-level Strategy.
4. Megawatt Wind Turbine Technology
Correct
1, 3
Feedback:
Right choice: Statement 1, 3 are the technology strategies to deal with the technology issues. Statement 2 Pricing strategy is a part of production cost and R&D wherein Statement 4 Megawatt Wind Turbine Technology is a Distributed Energy Systems which has developed an advanced gearless drive train design for megawatt (MW) scale wind turbine applications.
1, 2,
3, 4
2, 4

2. State whether the following statements are True or False:
1. Production costs of new products usually decline over times, due to process and product improvement.
2. The effectiveness of any R&D is determined in terms of the usefulness of the technologies it produces with respect to the overall objectives of the corporation.
1F, 2T
1F, 2F
1T, 2F
Correct
1T, 2T
Feedback:
Right choice: Statement 1 is true as production costs of new products usually decline over times, due to process and product improvement. Statement 2 is also true as the effectiveness of any R&D is determined in terms of the usefulness of the technologies it produces with respect to the overall objectives of the corporation.

3. Which of the following are the measure use to extent the product lifetimes?
1. Upgrading and improving current product models.
2. Inefficiencies in the production processes and in production design.
3. It is depositing a small portion of the purchase price or a technique of taking position in the investment.
4. Improving the production processes to lower production costs and increase quality.
Wrong
1, 2
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Statement 1 is the measure taken to extent the product lifetime, and Statement 2 is based on new technologies have initially high per unit product costs.
2, 3
Correct
1, 4
3, 4

3. State whether the statements are true or false:
1. Refining stage includes the operations such as extracting, mining and farming.
2. The technology policy declaration contains several commitments on behalf of the Government and some categorical assurances.
Wrong
1T, 2T
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Statement 1 is false because, refining stage includes the operations such as purification, preservation and metallurgy but not extracting, mining and farming. Statement 2 is true the technology policy declaration contains several commitments on behalf of the Government and some categorical assurances.
1F, 2F
1T, 2F
Correct
1F, 2T

4. State whether the statements are true or false:
1. The country determines a strategy to import technologies which can be produced locally.
2. Automation is planned as a replacement-for costly labour.
1F, 2F
1F, 2T
1T, 2T
Correct
1T, 2F
Feedback:
Right choice: Statement 1 is true, the country determines a strategy to import technologies which can be produced locally. Statement 2 is false because automation is no longer planned as a replacement-for costly labour.
Unit 07-4 Mark
1. Match the following:
Match
Correct Answer
User answer
Feedback

Substitution stage
Technical and non-technical factors
Knowledge factors
incorrect
Diffusion stage
Supply and demand side factors
Technical and non-technical factors
incorrect
Syndication stage
Economic factors
Supply and demand side factors
incorrect
Innovation stage
Knowledge factors
Economic factors
incorrect

2. Consider that you are working as a production manager in a circuit braker manufacturing company. The circuit braker is manufactured such that it works with the oxygen-free copper busbar. But meanwhile the busbar manufacturer with whom your company tied-up, implemented some other advanced technology and manufactured the oxygen-free copper busbar with some added features. As a result, you may face lots of challenges. Identify which among the following would be the indirect impact of the technology changes on your company.
1. Company image.
2. Organisational changes.
3. Attracting experts.
4. Competitive performance.
Correct
1,3,4
Wrong
2,3,4
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Option 2 is incorrect since organisational changes is a direct impact of technology changes whereas options 3 & 4 are correct because attracting experts and competitive performance are the indirect impacts of technology changes.
1,2,4
1,2,3

3. State whether the following statements are true or false:
1. It is essential for a country to be able to select, digest, adapt and improve it for local consumption with regard to imported technology.
2. It is very essential to include the successful integration of technological considerations into the socio-economic planning process.
3. The technological considerations in socio-economic development planning involves the explicit introduction of the technological issue at all phases of the planning process.
4. Automation is the concept used to reduce the quality of materials required to serve up the economic functions.
1T, 2T, 3F, 4F
Wrong
1F, 2T, 3T, 4T
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Statement 1 is true, it is essential for a country to be able to select, digest, adapt and improve it for local consumption with regard to imported technology. Statement 2 is true, it is very essential to include the successful integration of technological considerations into the socio-economic planning process. Statement 3 is true, the technological considerations in socio-economic development planning involves the explicit introduction of the technological issue at all phases of the planning process. Statement 4 is false because dematerialisation is the concept used to reduce the quality of materials required to serve up the economic functions but not the automation.
Correct
1T, 2T, 3T, 4F
1F, 2T, 3F, 4T
Unit 08-1 Mark
1. Risk factor is large and the success rate depends upon the quality of inputs provided to the __________.
Wrong
Co-operative R&D
Feedback:
Not the right choice: It is not right choice as it is a group of companies in a particular industrial sector promotes an R&D centre as a society.
Profitability
Value forgiveness
Correct
R&
4. Identify the missing stage o f R&D process in following diagram.unit08-2mar
Need Recognition
Leveraging
Correct
Engineering
Wrong
Reformulation
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Reformulation is to change or update a plan or idea that is already formulated so, it is not in one of the stage in R&D process.
Unit 08-4 Mark
1. State whether the following statements are True or False:
1. The quality of resource leadership and commitment of the top management for research is extremely important.
2. The development costs and profits are recovered from the sale and transfer of technologies. A company may adopt the approaches depending on its needs and resources.
3. Technology Strategy is defined as a strategy to deal by means of the technology and related issues at macro and micro levels, with respect to set objectives.
4. A technology strategy, surrounding all vital technologies, that reinforces the firms overall competitive strategy.
Correct
1T, 2T, 3T, 4T
Wrong
1T, 2F, 3F, 4F
Feedback:
Not the right choice: Statement 1 is true as quality of resource leadership and commitment of the top management for research is extremely important. Statement 2 is true as The development costs and profits are recovered from the sale and transfer of technologies and company may adopt the approaches depending on its needs and resources. Therefore Statement 3 is also true as a strategy to deal by means of the technology and related issues at macro and micro levels is defined as Technology strategy, and Statement 4 is true as it is related with technology strategy.
1F, 2F, 3T, 4T
1T, 2F, 3T, 4F

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