CA PCC PCE Exam Papers Group II Information Technology and Strategic Management May 2011


CA PCC/PCE – Exam Papers Group II

Information Technology and Strategic Management

May 2011


Total No. of Questions — 14
Time Allowed : 3 Hours

Maximum Marks : 100


Answer any five questions from the rest. Marks

1. Answer all the following questions in brief: 5×2=10
(a) Why a virtual memory in computer is required? (0)
(b) What is the importance of the clock speed in computers? (0)
(c) What do you understand by “Message Switching”? (0)
(d) Explain the function of “Arithmetic Logic Unit”. (0)
(e) Differentiate between the “File Volatility” and the “File Activity”. (0)
2. (a) Describe any four limitations of the Computer system. 4 (0)
(b) What do you understand by “Data Definition Language” (DDL)? Write the various functions of the DDL. 4 (0)
3. (a) Explain the significance of utility programs. List the various tasks that are performed by the utility programs. 4 (0)
(b) Discuss the various tools that are available for the protection of information and system against compromise, intrusion or misuse. 4 (0)
4. (a) Discuss various advantages and disadvantages of Star Network Topology. 4 (0)
(b) “Supply Chain Management should focus on certain problems.” Discuss these problems in details. 4 (0)
5. (a) For computing custom duty, the imported items are classified into 4 categories.
The rate of duty to be levied on each category of items is given below:
(K) Class of goods % custom duty on the
value of goods (V)


  1. Food and beverages 
  1. Textile and leather goods 
  1. Heavy machinery 
  2. Luxury items 1015 

Draw a flowchart to compute the custom duty. 4 (0)
(b) Explain the necessity of the decision table.Discuss the different parts of the decision table. 4 (0)
6. (a) “The efficiency and effectiveness for end user applications is limited due to some problems which are associated with File Processing System.” Explain these problems. 4 (0)
(b) How does Customer Relationship Management (CRM) improve customer relationship? 4 (0)
7. Answer any four questions: 4×2=8
(a) What are the functions of a “Control Unit”? (0)
(b) Explain briefly “Asynchronous Transmission”. (0)
(c) Write short note on “Mobile Commerce”. (0)
(d) What are the advantages of using a data warehouse? (0)
(e) How does the “Random Access Method” which is a part of the direct access file organization method perform? (0)
Question number 8 is compulsory.
Attempt any five questions from the rest.
8. Read the following case and answer the questions given at the end:
Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation has travelled a long way from an assembler of televisions to a leading TV manufacturer. In its early days as business enterprise, the company was making low quality and low price TVs and was, thus overshadowed by the giants like Sony, Samsung and Matsushita. It was a technology follower in the beginning and was using secondary technology. The brand image, too, was not very high. Sharp, under the leadership of Machida, went for a brand image makeover by using innovation. The new leader has concentrated on R & D, in addition to enhancing its market coverage.

Its innovation in liquid crystal display (LCD) technology and developing products featuring LCD’s made at the reputed electronics company in Japan. Sharp is now the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD TVs. The company has very well succeeded and sustaining its success is a major critical factor: its focus on innovation. Unfortunately, the global economic downturn has hit Sharp worse than the most American Companies. The industry as a whole, and Sharp in particular, realised the fact that only innovation in terms of quality, cost and competitive strength is the main survival factor. At the same time the industry is not unaware of the fact that every new technology will obsolete faster. Average life of every new technology is becoming shorter and shorter.

The ever changing competitive scenario with the global competitors waging to dethrone Sharp and the entry of low cost manufacturers from Asia, have created some of the biggest challenges for Sharp. Newer display technologies with superior quality at a lesser price are emerging in the international market. Sharp has taken the first mover advantage, but is facing competition from the late entrants.


(i) What are the strengths of Sharp Corporation?
(ii) What are the weaknesses of Sharp Corporation?
(iii) What should be the next move of Sharp Corporation?
(iv) Analyse the key success factors for LCD TV Industry.
3+6 (0)
9. (a) State with reasons which of the following statements is correct or incorrect. 2×2=4
(i) The term PESTLE analysis is used to describe a framework for analyzing the micro–environmental factors. (0)
(ii) Marketers alone can deliver superior value to customers. (0)
(b) Fill in the blanks in the following statements with the most appropriate word: 3×1=3
(i) The orientation of the redesign effort refers to a total ___________and rethinking of entire business process. (0)
(ii) The corporate mission is an expression of the ____________of the firm. (0)
(iii) Michael Porter’s Generic strategies allow organizations to gain competitive advantages by cost leadership, _____________and focus. (0)
10. Explain the meaning of the following concepts: 7×1=7
(i) Corporate Strategy (0)
(ii) Strategic Group Mapping (0)
(iii) Relationship Marketing (0)
(iv) Supply Chain Management (0)
(v) Out bound Logistics (0)
(vi) Business Process Re–engineering (0)
(vii) Combination Strategies (0)
11. (a) “Evaluating the worth of a business is central to strategy implementation.” In the light of this statement, explain the methods that can be used for determining the worth of a business. 4 (0)
(b) ABC Ltd. plans to introduce changes in its structure, technology and people. Explain how Kurt Lewin’s change process can help this firm. 3 (0)
12. (a) What is Benchmarking? What are the elements involved in Benchmarking process? 1+3=4 (0)
(b) How a corporate culture can be both strength and weakness of an organisation? 3 (0)
13. Distinguish between the following:
(a) Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation. 4 (0)
(b) TQM and Traditional Management Practices. 3 (0)
14. Write short note on the following:
(a) Importance of Strategic Management. 4 (0)
(b) Advantages of SBU Structure. 3 (0)


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