Explain which of the functional areas listed above suggested the increase to the CEO, and why.

USA Industries in a local company that produces natural wood veneered panels for consumers in the form of residential wall paneling, as well as industrial panels to manufacturers of cabinets, furniture, store fixtures and architectural interiors.
Consumer products are sold through retail home improvement stores, while industrial panels are supplied through a network of independent wholesale distributors throughout North America.
The company has 66 employees on the Day (First) shift, which operates at 100% capacity, working 4 – 10 hour days. The First shift produces on average 1250 pieces of product every day.
The Evening (Second) shift had 35 employees, and operates at 70% capacity, working at least 3 days a week with additional days and hours dependant on orders. The Second shift produces on average 550 pieces per day.
There is no Graveyard shift.
As with most businesses in this current economy, USA Industries has seen a drop-off of orders beginning in 2008, resulting in the company reducing the production workforce by 50%. They have remained financially solvent, and are confident the recession will end before other drastic changes must occur.
Today in Monday, May 23, 2011, and CEO of USA Industries is about to speak to her staff during their normal Monday morning meeting.

The CEO of USA Industries begins the meeting by announcing she wants to increase production by 50% by the end of June, 2011.

1. Explain which of the functional areas listed above suggested the increase to the CEO, and why.
2. Put yourself in the seat of each functional area manager listed above, and describe what is going through your mind the instant the CEO makes her announcement.
a. Example: What is the HR manager thinking when she hears “Increase production by 50%”
3. As the HR manager, which other functional area manager are you going to work closely with during the next 30 days, and why?
4. Repeat questions 2 and 3 for all the functional areas listed about.




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Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



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Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.