• NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    Hundreds of Questions Highly Detailed Reporting Expert Explanations TAKE A FREE GMAT QUIZ
  • 7 CATs FREE!
    If you earn 100 Forum Points

    Engage in the Beat The GMAT forums to earn
    100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE

    Veritas Prep
    VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS
    Earn 10 Points Per Post
    Earn 10 Points Per Thanks
    Earn 10 Points Per Upvote
    REDEEM NOW

When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cult

This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies

When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cult

Post

Timer

00:00

Your Answer

A

B

C

D

E

Global Stats

Difficult



When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.

(A) When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.

(B) When they work with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least of equal importance to the global manager as grasping the pivotal business issues.

(C) For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

(D) For global managers working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important to them as that they grasp the pivotal business issues.

(E) Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues.

OA C

Source: GMAT Prep

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Top Reply
Post
This question is testing MODIFIERS and PARALLELISM/COMPARISONS.

(A) When working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues for the global manager.
- "when working..." is an opening modifier. It must modify the subject that comes after it. Here, the subject is "an understanding", implying that the understanding is working with clients.
- the placement of "for the manager" is ambiguous - it could imply that the issues are for the manager.

(B) When they work with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least of equal importance to the global manager as grasping the pivotal business issues.
- similar opening modifier issue to A. If we start with "when they work...", the subject must be the antecedent of "they." It should be "managers," not "understanding."
- "of equal importance as" is not idiomatic.

(C) For global managers working with overseas clients, understanding cultural norms is at least as important as grasping the pivotal business issues.
Correct!

(D) For global managers working with overseas clients, an understanding of cultural norms is at least as important to them as that they grasp the pivotal business issues.
- We need a parallel comparison. "an understanding... is as important... as that they grasp" is not parallel - it's comparing a noun to a clause.
- "to them" is redundant after "for managers."

(E) Global managers working with overseas clients find an understanding of cultural norms to be equally important as grasping the pivotal business issues.
- "equally important as" is not idiomatic. We should say "as important as."
- "an understanding" is not parallel to "grasping." It would have to say "the grasping of."

The answer is C.

_________________


Ceilidh Erickson
Manhattan Prep GMAT & GRE instructor
EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education


Manhattan Prep instructors all have 99th+ percentile scores and expert teaching experience.
Sign up for a FREE TRIAL, and learn why we have the highest ratings in the GMAT industry!

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week.
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep

Top First Responders*

1 Jay@ManhattanReview 67 first replies
2 Brent@GMATPrepNow 53 first replies
3 fskilnik@GMATH 49 first replies
4 GMATGuruNY 32 first replies
5 Rich.C@EMPOWERgma... 29 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description fskilnik@GMATH

GMATH Teacher

107 posts
2 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

99 posts
3 image description Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

90 posts
4 image description Jay@ManhattanReview

Manhattan Review

78 posts
5 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

77 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts