Academic reading practice test 35 The Rollfilm Revolution ,The Spectacular Eruption of Mount St. Helens ,PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS: THE SELECTION ISSUE

Academic reading practice test 35 The Rollfilm Revolution ,The Spectacular Eruption of Mount St. Helens ,PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS: THE SELECTION ISSUE

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[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]The Spectacular Eruption of Mount St. Helens

The eruption in May 1980 of Mount St. Helens, Washington State,
astounded the world with its violence. A gigantic explosion tore much of the
volcano’s summit to fragments; the energy released was equal to that of 500 of
the nuclear bombs that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS: THE SELECTION ISSUE
A In 1991, according to the Department of Trade and Industry, a record
48,000 British companies went out of business. When businesses fail, the
post-mortem analysis is traditionally undertaken by accountants and market
strategists. Unarguably organisations do fail because of undercapitalisation, poor
financial management, adverse market conditions etc. Yet, conversely,
organisations with sound financial backing, good product ideas and market
acumen often underperform and fail to meet shareholders’ expectations. The
complexity, degree and sustainment of organisational performance requires an
explanation which goes beyond the balance sheet and the “paper conversion” of
financial inputs into profit making outputs. A more complete explanation of
“what went wrong” necessarily must consider the essence of what an
organisation actually is and that one of the financial inputs, the most important
and often the most expensive, is people.

“The Rollfilm Revolution”

The introduction of the dry plate process brought with it many advantages. Not
only was it much more convenient, so that the photographer no longer needed to
prepare his material in advance, but its much greater sensitivity made possible a
new generation of cameras. Instantaneous exposures had been possible before,
but only with some difficulty and with special equipment and conditions. Now,
exposures short enough to permit the camera to the held in the hand were easily
achieved. As well as fitting shutters and viewfinders to their conventional stand
cameras, manufacturers began to construct smaller cameras in tended
specifically for hand use. The Rollfilm Revolution ,The Spectacular Eruption of Mount St. Helens

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