What do we mean by function, role and responsibility in the context of the CoP questions to answer? Is there an authority that should be cited as the KM Competencies CoP did for competencies defined?



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Function– EXTRACT of selected entries

  • the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed orexists; role.”
  • a factor related to or dependent upon other factors: Price is a function of supply and demand.”
  • to perform a specified action or activity; work; operate:”
  • to have or exercise a function; serve: In earlier English the present tense often functioned as a future. This orange crate can function as a chair.”
  • “the natural action or intended purpose of a person or thing in a specific role: the function of a hammer is to hit nails into wood” - WorldEnglish Dictionary
  • “any of a group of related actions contributing to a larger action” - MedicalDictionary

Role - EXTRACT of selected entries

  • “a part or character played by an actor or actress.”
  • “proper or customary function: the teacher's role in society.”
  • “Sociology .the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status.”
  • psychol the part playedby a person in a particular social setting, influenced by his expectation of what is appropriate” – World English Dictionary
  • “usual or customary function: what is his role in the organization?” – World English Dictionary
  • a socially prescribed pattern of behavior usually determined by an individual's status in a particular society”– Medical Dictionary
  • The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.” – Medical Dictionary

capacity, position, responsibility, duty.”

Responsibility - EXTRACT of selected entries
  • "the state or fact of being responsible."
  • "an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours!"
  • "a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: the responsibilities of authority"
  • "a person or thing for which one is responsible" - World English Dictionary

"- Synonyms" - "answerability, accountability."
"- Related Words" - "duty, obligatoin, province responsibleness"