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Which of the following are possible definitions of "mutually exclusive projects": a....

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bobschumway | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM via web

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Which of the following are possible definitions of "mutually exclusive projects":

a. They are usually different alternatives to meeting the same need:

b. They occur where the acceptance or rejection of one alternative project has no bearing on the acceptance or rejection of other projects; or,

c. Neither of the above.

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM (Answer #1)

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“Mutually exclusive” refers to two decisions, projects, or points of view that, if carried out or followed, would provide conclusions or results in direct competition with each other.  In that sense, “mutually exclusive projects” are not adequately defined by either of the possible definitions provided in the question.  Consequently, the correct response to the question would be (c): none of the above.

People discuss the phenomenon of “mutually exclusive” results in the context of seeking alternative approaches to solving a problem in which the results of one project or decision would cancel out or directly contradict those of another project or decision.  In short, mutually exclusive projects would not complement each other; they would, in fact, oppose each other, or move the company or process in opposite directions.

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