Our post a couple weeks ago on the Tata Group generated several comments suggesting globalization is pervasive… and still a little unknown. Coincidentally last week Richard McCormack reprinted a "global IQ quiz" from the Boston Consulting Group in his newsletter, Manufacturing & Technology News. Regular readers will know the answers to some of the questions, but others may open your eyes a bit. So with Richard’s permission I am posting some of the questions below. Think about it, and I’ll post the answers tomorrow.
Q: Which country is the world’s largest producer of small commercial jets of up to 120 seats?
Q: By 2010, India and China together will graduate approximately how many science and engineering students?
3. 1.5 million
4. 4 million
Q: Chinese baby goods maker Goodbaby innovates at the rate of one new product development every ____ hours.
Q: An upstart appliance manufacturer in Asia has designed a clothes washer for the Chinese market that also does what?
1. Removes wrinkles
2. Steams rice
3. Dry cleans silk
4. Washes vegetables
5. Heats the kitchen
Q: India-based Aravind Eye Care is so efficient , it still makes a profit even while:
1. Training most of the country’s eye surgeons at no charge
2. Using high-cost, state-of-the-art operating equipment and the most expensive drugs
3. Providing complimentary meals for all patients and their families
4. Performing three out of five cataract surgeries for free
5. Hiring renowned international medical experts at their US/European salaries
Q: Which company now owns the prestigious Jaguar and Land Rover lines of automobiles?
1. Cerberus Capital, USA
2. Ford Motor, USA
3. Tata Group, India
4. M+M/Renault, France
5. Mitsubishi Motors, Japan
Q: India-based Bajaj Auto is the number-one seller of two-stroke motorbikes in which emerging market
country/countries? Choose all that apply:
1. Sri Lanka
Q: Choose the correct order below of the total hours worked per year by white-collar workers in the following
countries — from highest to lowest:
1. Poland, United States, Germany
2. United States, Poland, Germany
3. Poland, Germany, United States
4. Germany, Poland, United States
Q: Johnson Electric, the world’s largest independent maker of micromotors, is based in:
1. Dayton, Ohio
2. Seoul, Korea
3. Mannheim, Germany
4. Hong Kong, China
5. Vancouver, Canada
Q: The largest acquisition by a Latin American company was made in what country:
1. United States
Q: A typical, 100-person U.S.-based startup will burn through approximately $20 million in its first year. How much does a similar Chinese startup spend?
1. $31 million
2. $20 million
3. $10 million
4. $2.5 million