chain of command


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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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Siya gusto niya i-pinpoint yung responsbility, pero ang concern ko rito is the institution na tinatawag nating chain of command, Honasan said.
And the chain of command for operations ran cleanly and directly from Cheney to Powell to the regional commander in charge of Desert Storm, Gen.
The sources said the inquiries held both DCs responsible for violating the chain of command as well as releasing the official matter to the media.
One brief hypothetical will illustrate how the staff nurse may mitigate her/his own liability risk in using the chain of command. The second hypothetical will portray how liability could extend through the chain of command, even to those who are not directly and/or immediately involved in a serious patient care concern.
Lewis said company witnesses "seem oblivious to the fact that their open admission to antipathy toward going outside of the 'chain of command' to MSHA was an explicit, open admission to hostility toward protected activity.
In short, to accomplish the mission, leaders on the ground must be able to quickly grasp the complicated military/civilian chains of command present in the disaster area while also keeping the existing (but not necessarily present) chain of command in the rear apprised of the situation on the ground.
Determining the chain of command for an Air Force commander depends upon the color of the hat worn by the next-senior commander above.
Part Two considered the improper designation of next-of-kin (NOK) status to Stuart's ex-girlfriend by the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) chain of command. This third part examines the failure of the NIS to investigate any of the very serious allegations of criminal wrongdoings.
I am a security controller and writing to respond to the letter from Bryan the security guard - 'Focus on fire safety not your chain of command' (March 18).
Moving information up the chain of command or chain of management control to a central decisionmaker leads to the inevitable reduction of the accuracy and quantity of information available to make a decision, even in the digital age.
The overall goal is to shorten the chain of command, giving decision-making power to those not just at the top level of management.
This week's hearing was told the Army's chain of command ignored warnings about the exposed range which local Afghans were able to access, giving Taliban fighters the perfect cover for planting bombs.