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Source: OG

Level: 4

One way to judge the performance of a company is to compare it with other companies. This technique, commonly called "benchmarking," permits the manager of a company to discover better industrial practices and can provide a justification for the adoption of good practices.

Any of the following, if true, is a valid reason for benchmarking the performance of a company against companies with which it is not in competition rather than against competitors EXCEPT:

  • A Comparisons with competitors are most likely to focus on practices that the manager making the comparisons already employs.
  • B Getting "inside" information about the unique practices of competitors is particularly difficult.
  • C Since companies that compete with each other are likely to have comparable levels of efficiency, only benchmarking against noncompetitors is likely to reveal practices that would aid in beating competitors.
  • D Managers are generally more receptive to new ideas that they find outside their own industry.
  • E Much of the success of good companies is due to their adoption of practices that take advantage of the special circumstances of their products or markets.

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