unity of command

Unity of Command

In an organization, the concept that each employee is responsible to only one supervisor, who himself reports to one supervisor and so forth. This prevents the possibility that an employee may not know whose orders to follow. This applies even when an organization is governed by a committee. For example, in the United States, a superintendent of public schools is responsible to the president of the school board, not the school board as a whole, in daily activities.

unity of command

the principle that an employee should receive instructions from only one superior. See CLASSICAL MANAGEMENT THEORY.
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Narratives can't be built in garrisons and barracks where the emphasis is on the unity of command and not to encourage dissent.
It will not be built in garrisons and barracks where the emphasis is on unity of command and not to encourage dissent, he said.
Another key decision was to combine the office of the Fata's additional chief secretary with the proposed chief operating officer, Fata, to allow for unity of command.
It states that the IAMD approach is a subset of counterair and cautions that IAMD has the potential to split offensive and defensive activities and fracture unity of command and unity of effort.
It's a disappointment for enemies of state both within and outside to witness the unity of command of the institutions under parliamentary form of government and to hear loud and clear the commitment of Pakistan's military to Constitution and law.
Another is to go against the principle of unity of command and officially allow the junior American commander to disagree a the drawback being a weakened command structure.
Unity of effort can only be achieved if unity of command is exercised.
And they also demonstrate the vital importance not only of competent leadership on the spot (by Generals Lucius Clay and Douglas MacArthur, respectively), but of unity of command.
But obviously, there is no such thing as unity of command in this instance because these partners are individual nation-states, sovereign territories, and our representation is rightfully our chief of mission within each of those states.
General Marshall recognized the importance of multinational cooperation, interoperability, and unity of command early in World War II.
Commanders must decide which course of action provides the best training, unity of command, and flexibility for the unit and their Soldiers.
VAdm Lloyd: One of the things we want to emphasize is continuity of leadership and unity of command.

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