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The granting of access to a document or the ability to conduct an activity
. Authorization may be limited to a certain transaction
or time period, or it may be unlimited. For example, a potential home buyer
may grant a lender
authorization to view his/her credit reports
authorization the granting of permission by a senior manager to a subordinate to undertake a particular task. For example, the chief executive could empower his purchasing officer to buy raw materials and authorize his production manager to buy machinery. The authorization process attempts to make sure that subordinates know the extent of their DELEGATED AUTHORITY.