function as

function as

v.
To serve a purpose or play a role similar to that of something else: The beaks of some wading birds function as spears for catching fish.
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The burden of defending the designation of a function as essential falls upon the employer.
Due to this subtle, yet important, distinction, many business executives dismiss the intelligence function as a mere trend, while other administrators, who suspect that intelligence work can provide a competitive advantage for a firm, assign the function to their market research department.
Therefore, illustrating its applicability to a wider array of organizational settings can, in turn, heighten the perceived need for this function as well as demonstrate that organizations procure such information for reasons other than increasing profits.
However, although independent, the administrators would establish consortia with other departments and schools whereby graduate and undergraduate students could become proficient in the skills necessary to function as intelligence professionals in their primary discipline.
Affected corporations may consider outsourcing their corporate tax function as no more than contract services for an ongoing compliance function.