Read the following scenario and answer the THREE questions that follow.

Bharat Business School (BBS), a premier business school, was renowned for the quality education it provided. Its faculty, known for their domain area expertise and excellence in teaching, competed with each other for a better student feedback. Of late, the institute was finding it difficult to upgrade its course content with rapidly changing global business scenario. The difficulties multiplied when the school realized that some of senior faculty would retire on regular basis, starting in the near future. To overcome these difficulties, BBS decided to recruit young faculty in all the departments (e.g., Economics, Finance,
Marketing, HRM, Production etc).

When the Dean - Academics scanned the applications, she found three distinct types of aspirants viz. (i) A type candidates who were very good teachers, competent at teaching the courses taught by existing faculty members; (ii) B type candidates who were average teachers, competent at creating and teaching new courses that would complement existing courses, taught by the current faculty; (iii) C type candidates were not-so-good teachers, willing to teach any course BBS required.

Note1: A course is termed complementary when it covers latest content and complements existing courses offered by a department.
Note2: Each department decides the suite of courses to be offered.

Question 28

Suppose the Dean - Academics wanted to reduce future conflicts and political maneuvering to ensure harmony among faculty.

Which of the following options will BEST reduce conflicts and politicking amongst the faculty?


The correct option is A because it focuses on complementary courses, reducing direct competition and fostering collaboration between new and existing faculty members. It strikes a balance between maintaining the strengths of the current faculty and introducing innovation through new hires, thereby minimizing conflicts and politicking.

Option B is not correct because they are described as not-so-good teachers. Allowing them to teach all types of courses may compromise the overall quality of education, potentially leading to dissatisfaction among students and conflicts within the faculty.

Option C is not the most suitable option because while it maintains the excellence of existing courses by assigning A type candidates to teach them. However, it may face resistance from existing faculty members who might not be comfortable or interested in teaching new courses. This approach may lead to conflicts and challenges in implementing changes smoothly.

Option D is not correct because it creates a scenario where new A type candidates and existing faculty members are offering the same courses. This can potentially lead to conflicts and political maneuvering as faculty members compete for teaching assignments and student attention. The direct competition may hinder collaboration and harmony among the faculty.

Option E is incorrect B type candidates are described as average teachers but competent in creating and teaching new courses that complement existing ones. Allowing them to teach all kinds of courses, including existing ones, might not leverage their strengths effectively, potentially leading to a compromise in the quality of education for existing courses.

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