Business Quiz Archives

Company Wide Quality Management (CWQC) is the creation of  _________.

Joseph Juran

The Black Monday(1987) will forever be remembered for one of the steepest slides in Wall Street trading when the DowJones lost hundreds of points in a single day. Can you recount the date?

Oct. 19

The credit for last year’s AOL-Timewarner merger has been largely heaped on the CEO of AOL. Who is he? Steve Case

In terms of Net capital assets who was the second richest man after Bill Gates on the Forbes list of 1999. Warren Buffett

The CAC 40 is the prominent stock index in which country? France

The first country to issue Postal Savings accounts in 1883 was ________.  Austria

The ‘Krona’ was the currency of which nation? Sweden

The parent company of Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken is __________. Pepsico International

The first general purpose credit card was issued by _________. Diners Club

The telecom giant NOKIA belongs to which nation? Finland

The concept of Quality control measures during production was highlighted during WWII when American factories were under pressure to enhance performance. Who is accredited with the widespread implementation of this theory?

Walter Shewhart

What is a ‘Chaebol’?

One of the large South Korean consumer goods and manufacturing corporations

Sycamore Inc. is the creation of which Indian American entreprenuer?

Gururaj Deshpande

Here’s a sitter. Expand NASDAQ.

National Association of Securities’ Dealers Automated Quotations

A contemporary tyre manufacturer took it’s name from an inventor who lived in the 19th century, even though the formation of the company had nothing to do with his family or assets. Identify him.

Charles Goodyear

If Ringit is to Malaysia then Baht is to ____________.


‘The Alchemy of Business formation’ is a module developed by ___________.

Charles Handy

Here’s one on history. Which automobile giant was suspected to have a hand in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28,1914 which led to the outbreak of WWI?


Which marketting expert said that, “Marketting takes a day to learn, but unfortunately it takes a lifetime to master” ?

Philip Kotler

“Small is beautiful” was coined by which eminent economist?

E.F. Schumacher

Synergy Communications is the HRD company run by which famous quizmaster?

Siddhartha Basu

“We are number 2. Why go with us? Because we try harder”. Which brand was this No.2?


Which small car in the 1980’s was advertised with the punchline, “If you see a better car, then go buy it.”

Daimler Chrysler Price

What service did Lloyd’s of London offer before venturing into Marine Insurance?


This American company originally used to manufacture gunpowder and dynamite (which it still manufactures) – but has now diversified into several fields – notably in Chemicals, Plastics and Fiber based products. Name it.

Du Pont

Back in the 1890s,Three Englishmen – an employee in a lace factory named Kilpin, an employee in a travel agency named Allison and a cobbler named Davies put their proposal to two businessmen – Edwards and Nathan. They wanted to start a sports team. Edwards,president designate, was not known for his generosity and he accepted only because Davies, the cobbler, offered a free workforce and leather to make the players’boots. They named it the _______ Cricket and Football club. Name the club.

AC Milan


James Tobin, nobel laureate proposed a character symbol as an indicator for the ratio of the value of the company according to the stock exchange it is listed in ( the market capitalisation) to the replacement value of the company’s assets. Which alphabet did he use for his theory?


What theory states that some investors will buy even highly over-valued stock, assuming that there’s always someone who will be ready to buy it from them at a higher value?

The Greater Fools theory

Bacardi Martini India is a 74:26 Joint Venture in India. Who holds the 26% (clue – they are in Bangalore)

Gemini Distilleries

Richard Pascale, Tom Peters,Robert Waterman and Anthony Athos have evolved a core management theory which has been accepted in all the G-8 nations. Which one?

Mckinsey 7S Framework

Areez Khambatta in Ahmedabad is credited with being the man behind which famous Indian brand?


There was a recent business headline: ‘Doug out, Doug in’. What was being referred to?

Doug Ivester , CEO of coke was being replaced by Douglas Daft

The Indian Economy was characterized by decades of slow but consistent growth that later came to be known as the ” Hindu Rate of Growth “. Name the person to first coin the term ” Hindu Rate of Growth

Robert McNamara

What is the French equivalent of the Stock Exchange?

The Bourse

Shekhar Kapoor’s ‘Bandit Queen’ used an innovative marketing strategy for the first time in India to woo a certain section of the audience. Later the same strategy was followed during the screening of ‘Kamasutra’?

Separate shows for women

Connect: Shyam Benegal, Alyque Padamsee, Mukesh Pant, CEO of Reebok and PM Sinha the CEO of Pepsi.

They all worked for Levers

Meiland of France, Kordes & Tantau of Germany and De Ruiter of Netherlands control 70% of the world market for?


Which is the first Indian company to be listed on the NASDAQ?


What indispensable aid to modern managers was first used by Roy Tomlinson of Bolt, Beranek & Newman – a Cambridge, Massachusetts based firm of consulting engineers, in the 1950’s?


Following the huge success of Hotmail and its eventual sellout to Microsoft,what is the name of the new venture planned by Sabeer Bhatia?

Arzoo! Inc.

‘No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money’. Who made this remark?

Ans: Dr.Johnson

The design for it was taken from a medallion showing the head of Queen Victoria designed by William Wyon. They were done in groups of 240. It was

changed after 11 months and about 6 million survive today. What is it?

Ans: Penny Black

Which fruit gets it’s name from the Morroccan port from where it used to be exported to England?

Ans: Tangerine

What was invented in 1879 by American cafe owner James Ritty who called it the thief catcher?

Ans: Cash register

Guillermo Vilas is the second Argentine sportsperson to be honoured with the Key to the city of Buenos Aires.Who was the first?

Ans: Juan Manuel Fangio

Ads for which product feature the following – a raunchy novel(Fantasies), Perfume and a registered package.

Ans: VIP Frenchie underwear

What did the Pandavas ultimately decide to do after the exile when the Kauravas refused to return their kingdom?

Ans: Fight the Kauravas

It comes from the Phoenician word meaning ‘house’. It is said to have had it’s origins in a hieroglyphic sign for the ‘ladder’ and others continue to

insist that it comes from the sign for crane. What?

Ans: The letter ‘B’

M.M.Hasham’s family business of rice exports was lost when the Government nationalised it in 1941. Undettered he plunged into the oil business and founded Western India Vegetable Products. At the time of his death his company was doing reasonably well with their two established brands called Sunflower and Camel. His son took over and they have now entered a new field under what name?

Ans: Wipro

The head of this business family is conferred the honorary title of The Earl of Iveagh.Which?

Ans: Guinness