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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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In our patient population, the prevalence of atopy was not higher than in the control population, and intake of steroids was not associated with immunoglobulin deficiency.
Likewise, the specificities of sICAM-1 and sVCAM-1 measurements during pregnancy were calculated as the ratios of test-negative individuals to the total number of women in the control population.
Motavalli should ask why Bill Gates donates $2 billion to groups seeking to control population, yet spends far more trying to promote the consumption that is ultimately responsible for the destruction of the environment.
To live an extended healthy life appears to be a dream come true, but "agelessness" will raise many questions for society in the future, they warn, such as how to provide a decent living for all who need it or control population in a world where death soon may be optional.
A faction of Sierra Club members has touched off a controversy by placing on the membership's ballot a highly charged measure that advocates keeping immigrants out of the United States as a way to control population.
Thirty-five percent of the control population reported having benign lesions removed.
Further, he emphasized that Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) should be improved and should be of an international standard in order to control population in Islamabad.
In providing a viable control population, the FIRST Trial, Frei says "may very well serve as a benchmark stroke study against which to compare current and future device trials.
China introduced its controversial one-child policy in the late 1970s to control population growth.
Studies have shown that weight loss can lead to a reduction of bone density and specifically studies have suggested that bone density is lost after bariatric surgery; however no previous work has been able to investigate whether such changes might result in an increased risk of fracture relative to a control population.
These subjective reports were corroborated by an impaired performance on the 6-minute walk test; the median distance achieved was only 76% of that in an age- and sex-matched control population in the literature.