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Request to rate first attempt at AWA, non native author [#permalink]
07 Mar 2013, 09:59
The following appeared in a report presented for discussion at a meeting of the directors of a company that
Manufactures parts for heavy machinery: “The falling revenues that the company is experiencing coincide with delays in manufacturing. These delays, in turn, are due in large part to poor planning in purchasing metals. Consider further that the manager of the department that handles purchasing of raw materials has an excellent background in general business, psychology, and sociology, but knows little about the properties of metals. The company should, therefore, move the purchasing manager to the sales department and bring in a scientist from the research division to be manager of the purchasing department.”
Application of well thought and critically analyzed solution to problem in processes leads to smooth running business. Optimized and efficient business processes help to improve growth of the business. Though the underlying issue mentioned by the author has merit, because of weak assumptions, and lack of evidence, the author’s argument is unsubstantiated and flawed.
Primary issue with the author's reasoning lies in his unsubstantiated premise. The argument does not provide any evidence of an outcome of poor planning because of no possession of knowledge of properties of metals. These missing examples would have certainly helped in confirmation of argument's claim that current manager cannot do correct planning for purchase of metals. The author's premise the basis for his argument, lack any legitimate evidentiary support and render his conclusion unacceptable. In addition, author makes an assumption that remains unproven. Author assumes that scientist from the research division would be able to handle business aspects of planning along with technical considerations. Planning activity requires doer to possess basic business skills. Business manager can make abstract plan which later can be fine-tuned to specific object or activity by inviting inputs from subject matter experts. Today software project execution plans seldom consider the technology involved and are often made by non-technical manager. A person without the possession of basic business skills might not be able to consider the business aspects of the planning and such plan can still result into an efficient plan. The author weakens his argument by making assumption and failing to provide explication of the links between knowledge of metal properties and planning in purchasing metals. Though there are several issues with the author's reasoning at present, with research and clarification, he could improve his argument significantly. If the argument had provided evidence that purchase plans are inefficient only because of no possession of knowledge of properties of metals then the argument would have been a lot more convincing. In summary, the author’s illogical argument is based on unsupported premises and unsubstantiated assumptions that render his conclusion invalid. If the author truly hopes to convince the board of directors on replacement of purchasing manager by lab scientist, he would have to fix flaws in his logic, clearly explicate his assumptions and provide evidentiary support. Without these things, his poorly reasoned argument would like to convince only few members.
Request to rate first attempt at AWA, non native author
07 Mar 2013, 09:59