Usha Dcruz Started The Discussion:
What is difference bet Role and Resposibilities? Any reference books by great authors.
Dear Usha,

The simplest definition is this : Role- A set of expectations for one's behaviour

Responsibility- The duty to perform the task or activity an emplyee has been assigned

For example a Manager may have several roles , such as, Monitor, Leader, Negotiator etc

A decisional role would pertain to those events about which the Manager must make a choice or take an action.

Some examples are as follows:


The person responsible for developing, in conjunction with the Project Sponsor, a definition of the project. The Project Manager then ensures that the project is delivered on time, to budget and to the required quality standard (within agreed specifications). He/she ensures the project is effectively resourced and manages relationships with a wide range of groups (including all project contributors).

The Project Manager is also responsible for managing the work of consultants, allocating and utilising resources in an efficient manner and maintaining a co-operative, motivated and successful team.


Managing and leading the project team.
Recruiting project staff and consultants.
Managing co-ordination of the partners and working groups engaged in project work.
Detailed project planning and control including:
Developing and maintaining a detailed project plan.
Managing project deliverables in line with the project plan.
Recording and managing project issues and escalating where necessary.
Resolving cross-functional issues at project level.
Managing project scope and change control and escalating issues where necessary.
Monitoring project progress and performance.
Providing status reports to the project sponsor.
Managing project training within the defined budget.
Liaison with, and updates progress to, project steering board/senior management.
Managing project evaluation and dissemination activities.
Managing consultancy input within the defined budget.
Final approval of the design specification.
Working closely with users to ensure the project meets business needs.
Definition and management of the User Acceptance Testing programme.
Identifying user training needs and devising and managing user training programmes


To work with the Project Manager on defining and executing development requirements.


Working with the Project Manager on definition of development requirements and priorities.
Data Migration.
Interfaces with other systems.
Reporting configuration and deployment.
Set up and maintenance of security rights and access permissions.
Contributing to technical strategy, policy and procedure.
Development and operation of technical testing programmes.
Production of technical documentation to agreed quality standards.
Reporting on progress/issues to management and users.

Hope this has helped you in some way


Thank you Prof. Lakshman for giving me a good definition. can you suggest any books on this topic.


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