2014 sample midterm provided by professor for exam preparation
SchoolSimon Fraser University
Course CodeBUS 272
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BUS 272 sample questions chapters 1 to 6 Midterm preparation
1. Lisa is a senior consultant in a downsizing company. She is stressed out because she has
a meeting with a potential new client. Her boss will attend the meeting, and depending
on whether Lisa sells work to the client, she will keep her job. What is the best
theoretical explanation of why Lisa experiences stress?
a. Lisa feels that she lacks time to prepare for the meeting.
b. Speaking in public is stressful for anyone, thus also for Lisa.
c. Lisa dreads to loose a resource that is valuable to her.
d. Speaking in a meeting with her boss is stressful, due to the power distance.
2. Emma writes articles for a fashion magazine and makes $75 000 per year. She makes
$10 000 more than in her previous job as a free-lance writer and she works less hours
per week. She feels somewhat guilty, but is also satisfied with her new job. What kind of
referent comparison does Emma make?
3. Desirable work behavior can be reinforced through different schedules of reinforcement.
Which of the following reinforcement schedules is an example of fixed-interval
a. Piece-rate pay
b. Compliments after each good performance
c. Weekly pay cheques
d. Commissioned sales
4. Which of the following describes behavior that belongs to a maintenance role in a team?
a. Making sure that all team members are motivated for the team task.
b. Making sure that the quality of output is maintained.
c. Making sure that there is enough information before making a decision.
d. Making sure that the team makes the promised deadline.
5. Employee Stock Ownership Plans can raise employees’ intrinsic motivation. Which
explanation would the self-determination theory give for enhanced intrinsic motivation
a. Stock ownership makes employees more responsible for their work behavior.
b. Stock ownership increases feelings of fairness among employees.
c. Stock ownership makes employees think about the bottom line of the
d. Stock ownership makes employees feel more competent in their tasks.
Answers 1C, 2B, 3C, 4A, 5A
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