Sunday, January 8, 2012

Answers to BS Strategist Quiz 235

For the quizzing enthusiasts looking to complete the last few questions of their weekly dose in Business Standard Strategist Quiz 231. Provide your own answers, if you have different ones or those that I could not provide, in the comments below :
  1. In which international listing will you find ICICI Bank, Aditya Birla Group, HUL, Bharti Airtel and Wipro together?
  2. What does the term Planning Poker mean and who uses it generally? 
  3. The CAT (Computerized Axial Scan) was invented in the UK in 1974. The success of which pop band facilitated this invention and why? 
  4. What term best describes the current US economy which has more of the wealthy and poorer classes with the middle class getting squeezed. 
  5. In which country is it being predicted that the reign of Mattel’s Barbie may be short lived because of the launch of a doll called Princess Secret? 
  6. What is common to Port Sunlight and Bourneville, both considered to be model villages in England? 
  7. Evolution, Extinction and Rolling Hitch are beverage brands that pay tribute to person who dabbled in medicine, the Church, botany, geology and natural history in the 1800s. Name the company and the person after whom these brands have been named so. 
  8. Whose brands are August systems, Bailey Network Management and Kent? 
  9. Where is the world’s oldest barber shop located and when was it opened? It's now a luxury brand that also sells grooming products for men. 
  10. From this logo below identify the company that made waves in 2011.
Answers
  1.  2011 Top Companies for Leaders
  2.  James Grenning, agile software development
  3.  Known as the EMI Scanner, gained fame through the EMI records and their bands
  4.  Middle Class Squeeze
  5.  China
  6.  Origins of Unilever and Cadbury respectively
  7.  
  8.  ABB
  9.  Truefitt & Hill
  10. News Corporation 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Answers to BS Strategist Quiz 234

For the quizzing enthusiasts looking to complete the last few questions of their weekly dose in Business Standard Strategist Quiz 231. Provide your own answers, if you have different ones or those that I could not provide, in the comments below :
  1. Which management guru of Global Strategy propounded the concept of a AAA triangle and what does it mean? 
  2. This beverage was launched in the mid 60s and its inventor added lemon to it in order to mask its urine flavour. Name it.
  3. It is claimed that in this company so far all its CEOs started their careers at the entry level. Name it. 
  4. This place is named after a famous tree which marked the eastern approach to the place. It was felled in 1942 to prevent the Japanese artillery from using it as a ranging point during World War II. It is now famous for a world class facility and a corporate entity which partners with other infrastructure companies worldwide.   
  5. This famous character was born in its creator's imagination while he was traveling in a train from New York to Los Angeles after his financial supporters had rejected his earlier creation Oswald. Name both the character and the creator. 
  6. Despite disagreement over who originally designed this apparel, the designer who is credited for revolutionising the fashion industry with this creation, named it after her favourite car. Name the person and her creation. 
  7. To find a pronunciation in China that would sound like its brand this company did achieve a similar sound but the characters in Chinese meant “Bite the wax tadpole”. It later changed the characters to mean “Happiness in the mouth”. Name the brand.   
  8. Which company did Ja-Ri Corporation subsequently become?   
  9. Name the first airline to offer its passengers Wi-fi broadband internet access on long-haul flights?   
  10. Identify the brands from the visuals below. They have a partnership in India.
Answers :
  1.  Pankaj Ghemawat
  2.  Gatorade
  3.   
  4.   Changi tree, Changi airport of Singapore
  5.   Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney
  6.   Miniskirt, Mini (BMW Mini)
  7.   Coca Cola
  8.  Amway
  9.   Luftansa
  10.  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Answers to Strategist Quiz 231

For the quizzing enthusiasts looking to complete the last few questions of their weekly dose in Business Standard Strategist Quiz 231. Provide your own answers, if you have different ones or those that I could not provide, in the comments below :
  1. With whom will the brands Palette and Mr Wagon compete? 
  2. The name of this company in its native country means “below the pine tree.” It changed its ticker a few years ago on the NYSE from MC to ____? Identify the company. 
  3. This company was founded by a 25-year-old engineer as a gear wheel factory. The Herring bone gear that was manufactured by it became so successful that the founder made the design the company’s trademark which is its logo even today. Name the company and its founder. 
  4. Which company has a unique employment initiative to drive away Monday morning blues called “Thank God its Monday”? 
  5. Wasted heat generated by servers in data centers is beginning to be distributed to neighbouring homes and commercial buildings. What name has been given to this novel recycling method? 
  6. Name the world’s first alcohol-free whisky-flavored beverage that has been halal certified which signifies that the substance is permissible under Islamic law. 
  7. During the 1890s a poster artist met the founders of this company with a cartoon for a German beer showing a large Bavarian raising his beer mug, he was asked to adapt the image for their company’s mascot. Name the brand and its mascot which is still popular around the world. 
  8. What are Smilers? 
  9. What is common to Curiosity, Opportunity, Spirit and Sojourner? 
  10. Identify both the brands from their logos and establish their recent connection.
Answers :
  1.   Toyota Innova and Tata Nano
  2.  Matsushita Seiko
  3.  Citro├źn
  4.  iGate
  5.  Data Furnace
  6.  Arkay
  7.  Might be Augustiner Helles. Kindly research
  8.  
  9.  Mars Rovers
  10. Titan(1) bought Favre Leuba(2)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Answers to Strategist Quiz 229

For the quizzing enthusiasts looking to complete the last few questions of their weekly dose in Business Standard Strategist Quiz 229. Provide your own answers, if you have different ones or those that I could not provide, in the comments below :

  1. Which footwear brand has introduced the lightest product in the market of 165 grams which carries an eight-gram chip inserted beneath the sole that transmits data on maximum speed, distance covered or number of sprints to a computer or a mobile device? 
  2.  This 40-year-old industry based in a town, which is believed to have got its name from Ravana’s father-in-law, has grown tremendously in the last seven to eight years. It supplies Hollywood producers with ancient arms, ammunition, attire, furniture, books, leather goods and household items. Name the town. 
  3. Which Indian business group is headquartered in a building called Boomerang? 
  4. Name the world’s youngest CEO and the company he set up when he was six years old.      
  5. Which company is adopting the Shatabdi strategy for growth? Also, explain the strategy.    
  6.     ______ on Air, since 1955. Complete the baseline and name the brand.  
  7.  What is common to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Jet Airways founder Narendra (Naresh) Goyal and Chiang Kai-shek, the erstwhile Premier of China?
  8.  Which brand gets its name from Old Scrooge’s dismissive remark about the entire Christmas celebration? Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserly character created by Charles Dickens.
  9.  ‘By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased’ is a quote from the Sutta Pitaka that contains the teachings of Buddha and his most authoritative disciples. Inspired by that, which brand recently launched its brand’s communication campaign?
  10.  Identify the logos represented in the following visuals. 
Answers :
  1.   Adidas (Brainy)
  2.  Meerut
  3.  Spice Group
  4.  Harlie Jordan,
  5.  Max Healthcare, locations along the routes of the superfast train — Bathinda, Mohali, Dehradun — to build its hospitals in non-metropolitan cities
  6.  Faber
  7.  
  8.  Virgin Holidays
  9.  Benetton Unhate
  10. Four Seasons

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Answers to Strategist Quiz 228

For the quizzing enthusiasts looking to complete the last few questions of their weekly dose in Business Standard Strategist Quiz 228. Provide your own answers, if you have different ones or those that I could not provide, in the comments below :

  1. What product is codenamed “propeller”?
  2. Where does a customer earn the title ‘mayor’? The term identifies the person that has visited a location most number of times and is the most loyal customer a brand can have.
  3. An MNC has launched an initiative that allows employees across departments to flag product shortage in any store in the country through a portal. The move, which can help it stem the loss of clients to rival brands, is named after a spinach-eating cartoon character. Name the MNC and the initiative. 
  4. Who uses the base line “Be great at what you do”?
  5.  This Roman God is the inspiration behind certain management/business concepts. One of those suggests looking both inward and outward for companies to be successful in a small marketplace and another one advises organisations to look into their past and the future at the same time. Name the Roman God.  
  6. Which brand broadcast a 30-second ad for its product 42 light years into space through high-powered radars in the Arctic circle?
  7.  What is common to GE and Domino Foods Inc?  
  8. The yellow line underneath this brand’s logo is called the “opto-digital pattern.” It represents light and the boundless possibilities of digital technology. Currently the firm is mired in financial irregularities. Name it.  
  9. This fictional character has been in existence since the fifties and for a short period of time was known as Mel Haney. His motto has always been “What, me worry?”. Identify him.  
  10. Identify the company from its logo given below. It is a new kid on the block and has celebrity promoters. 
Janus, looking both inward and outward
Answers :
Yellow line under Olympus
  1.  Google's new social news reader
  2.  Foursquare
  3.  HUL, Popeye
  4. Linkedin
  5.  Janus, Janus Principle
  6.  Doritos
  7.  Both were among 12 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  8.  Olympus
  9.  Alfred E. Neuman