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the obligation to carry out specified duties and tasks. For instance, someone who has responsibility for cash transactions in an ORGANIZATION is obliged either to carry them out himself or herself or to ensure that others do so. Failure to do so can result in action being taken against the person with responsibility for them. A common problem in organizations is that responsibilities are weakly defined: it is not fully clear who is responsible for what, with the result that certain functions are not carried out effectively. Similarly, some office holders are unwilling to take full responsibility for their actions and decisions. See ACCOUNTABILITY, AUTHORITY.
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If the Securities and Exchange Commission adopts its 1988 rule proposal, Report of Management's Responsibilities, public companies will be required to assess the effectiveness of their internal control structures and report the results to the public.
Two General Mills Senior Vice Presidents also will be assuming new and expanded responsibilities, and will report directly to Sanger:
Kung is the author of the proposal of the InterAction Council for a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, starting with the Fundamental Principals for Humanity, article 1, "Every person, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, social status, political opinion, language, age, nationality, or religion, has a responsibility to treat all people in a humane way.
To position themselves to take advantage of this situation, companies must look hard at their division of responsibilities, their ability to leverage projects for competitive success, and their commitment to project-centered role design.
MDS Sciex, as part of its responsibilities to the joint venture, will assume primary research and development as well as full manufacturing responsibility for MALDI TOF product lines.
Darrin Uecker, will assume all operations responsibilities for the company, and that Mr.
A duty to exercise due (professional) care in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities.
However, one of the key weaknesses that can occur in any safety management system is failing to assign responsibilities.
It's a great professional opportunity," he says, citing the organization's high levels of responsibilities, "not only with regards to the technical aspects of standard-setting, but the impact that has on the stability of the nation's capital markets as well.
The substantial representation in these specialties may reflect the fact that their practice profile or style allows them to free up time for administrative responsibilities.
The AICPA Principles of Professional Conduct state, in part, that we have a responsibility to cooperate with each other to improve the area of accounting, maintain the public's confidence and carry out the profession's responsibilities for self-governance.
With a heavy emphasis on politico-military affairs, SAF/IA's scope of responsibilities extends far beyond security cooperation and security assistance.

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