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# sales department

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09 Aug 2005, 06:10
Sales manager: The highest priority should be given to the needs of the sales department, because without successful sales the company as a whole will fail.

Shipping manager: There are several departments other than sales that also must function successfully for the company to succeed. It is impossible to give the highest priority to all of them.

The shipping manager criticises the sales manager's argument by pointing out that:
(a) sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.
(b) ambiguity of the term " highest priority"
(c) departments other than sales are more vital to a company's success
(d) an absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a dept's necessity earns it the highest priority
(e) that the sales manager makes a generalisation from atypical case.

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09 Aug 2005, 06:41
(a) sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.

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09 Aug 2005, 06:59
agree with A

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09 Aug 2005, 16:57
Tough one between A and D, IMO [b]D[/b], A is strongly worded.
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09 Aug 2005, 18:15
A.

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10 Aug 2005, 10:21
D because the reply points out the impossibility

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11 Aug 2005, 12:09
(a) sales department taken by itself is not critical to the company's success as a whole.
this is not implied by the sales manager. out.
(b) ambiguity of the term " highest priority"
out.....
(c) departments other than sales are more vital to a company's success
not implied also.
(d) an absurd consequence of its apparent assumption that a dept's necessity earns it the highest priority
my choice
(e) that the sales manager makes a generalisation from atypical case.
out. does not follow.

it's (D) for me.

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11 Aug 2005, 18:17
A here. SALes manager - IF it werent for us , the company cant make it -> therefore we should get HIGHEST priority. [as in SALES ONLY = SUCCESS]
Shipping manager - hey, we have to work as a team to succeed. [as in SALES + SHIPPING + OTHERS = SUCCESS ] -> sales is not the ONLY prerequisite for success. A states exactly this.

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12 Aug 2005, 07:06
A says that sales by itself is not critical for success which is not what the shipping manager says because he acknowleges that if sales fails the company as a whole will fail just like some other departments.

D brings out the crux of the shipping manager's argument which points to an absurdity of accepting the sales' request.

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12 Aug 2005, 07:17
D for me.

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12 Aug 2005, 07:48
The argument talks about the 'Highest Priority' problems.

I think it should be 'D'.

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12 Aug 2005, 19:19
i am still going with A, i believe the issue of success is crucial here. OA?

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12 Aug 2005, 23:58
I'll go with (D). The shipping manager is arguing on the point that being nescessary does not mean priority should be given ahead of other needs.

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13 Aug 2005, 07:01
The OA is D.

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13 Aug 2005, 07:01
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