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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With the recovery of Vice Chancellor in September 2014, this University regain academic momentum and administrative unity of command.
Whittle's narrative provides a valuable addition to the historical examples of the principle of war known as unity of command.
Although unity of command is a longstanding principle of war, it cannot be a principle of logistics--at least not dogmatically at the enterprise level.
The unity of command provided by the AIB enables optimal management of low density, high demand A-ISR assets while sustaining timely PED integration and synchronization.
In the present great battle, the unity of command was being exemplified to great advantage by the fact that, although the bulk of the fighting naturally fell upon the French troops, who were situated in the area where the battle was now raging, they were being assisted by American, English and Italians.
He ruefully notes that while proconsular leadership in the proper sense of the term seems to call for unity of command in the field, the fundamental problem facing American proconsuls is that political and military decision making have long been institutionally split, and still remain so even after the Goldwater-Nichols reforms of 1986.
Unity of command is a doctrine of military operations that ensures
Authors said need to establish unity of command in border management is urgent.
After all, who can really argue with the merits of Jominian unity of command, or unity of effort, or whatever?
On issue of the Peninsula Shield, Prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz made clear that it was discussed in the Conference of GCC Ministers of Defense during which the unity of command was confirmed, adding that military committees are now studying this matter as well as the controls that should be followed in this regard.
They cover anatomy of an enrollment fraud, ethical predisposition of certified public accountants: a study of gender differences, enhanced enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: improving the ethics of US business practices abroad, promoting professionalism: lessons from the medical and legal professions, ethics prompts and their effects on the individual's evaluation of acceptable business practices: considerations for accountants, executive/chair duality in the Sarbanes-Oxley era: board independence versus unity of command, the impact of accounting students' professional skepticism on their ethical perception of earnings management, and classroom cheating: reasons not to whistle-blow and the probability of whistle-blowing.
Part I of Endless War ends with Peter's highlighting of modern terrorist and insurgent strengths that hearken back to historical Muslim army strengths such as unity of command, non-reliance on, but great appreciation for logistics, and surprise.

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