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Half plus one of ownership of a company. Control gives the person or group having it the ability to make all decisions on how the company operates. In a publicly-traded company, control comes from buying more than half of the common stock.


the process of ensuring that activities are carried out as intended. Control involves monitoring aspects of performance and taking corrective action where necessary. For instance, control of expenditure involves regular monitoring of expenditure figures, comparison of these with budget targets, and decisions to cut or increase expenditure where any discrepancy is believed to be harmful. Without control an ORGANIZATION cannot function: employees would go their own way (possibly with the best of intentions) and the organization would fragment, making COORDINATION impossible. Control can, therefore, be viewed as a central component of MANAGEMENT.

Some writers in the SOCIOLOGY OF WORK have argued that, since (in their view) employers' and employees' interests are opposed, control of labour is the main task of management. Without it, workers would behave in a way which is detrimental to managerial goals. Research has shown, however, that many managers attach more importance to other managerial functions (such as budgeting), whilst it is questionable whether employees would necessarily act in the way suggested. See ORGANIZATIONAL ANALYSIS.

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It also is designed to provide automatic brightness control of LED displays when teamed with Microsemi's visible light sensors, such as the LX1971(TM) and LX1972(TM).
2-inch diagonal 320x240 pixel color display with automatic brightness control (day or night) and backlit, intuitive function soft keys for easy access to system functions.
During exhibit hours, Microsemi will demonstrate its patented cost-saving technique for balancing lamp current to produce even light from the multiple lamps in LCD TVs, as well as its visible light sensor technology which provides automatic brightness control using feedback approximating the human eye's spectral response.
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