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chain of command

the line of command flowing down from the top of an ORGANIZATION to the bottom. In theory, the chief executive issues commands to his or her subordinates which are then relayed down to those they have AUTHORITY over. In practice, those in the chain of command often do not follow such commands, either because they do not have the resources to meet them or because they believe them to be incorrect or otherwise inappropriate. See UNITY OF COMMAND, LINE AND STAFF, HIERARCHY.
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Claiming that local Congress leaders in the state of Madhya Pradesh are often seen projecting themselves as chief ministerial candidate, Singh pointed out that it only reflected that the Congress is leaderless and lacks command structure.
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