I'm translating a document template, to be filled out later for specific purposes. It has a table in the beginning which indicates who exactly produced a particular document. In the first line of the table, we have

Подразделение: наименование

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"Подразделение" is literally "subdivision", which means "a company's unit of any size and type". Thus, the first line says "Subdivision: Name".

The company has units called "such-and-such department", "such-and-such division", ".. unit", ".. site", ".. laboratory" - and I need a catch-all term for this table.

Will Business unit suit the purpose? Can we call, say, a laboratory is "a business unit"?

I felt strange using it because a laboratory does not do any "business".

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    Yes, business unit is the typical term in corporate America (speaking as a corporate American drone: #44173).
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 24, 2017 at 17:06
  • Division, department, unit, group, section, branch, and several more.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 24, 2017 at 18:36
  • @HotLicks - I need a word that would cover all of these, because "Production Department" (for example) would be written by the employee who will fill out the form I'm translating. So I'll use "Business Unit:" Nov 24, 2017 at 18:43

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Yes, business unit would be suitable. The definition according to www.businessdictionary.com is

A logical element or segment of a company (such as accounting, production, marketing) representing a specific business function, and a definite place on the organizational chart, under the domain of a manager. Also called department, division, or a functional area.

The research lab at Kodak was referred to as a business unit when I worked there, so I don't think there is a problem using it for a laboratory that is part of a company. You could use "department" if you think "business unit" might be confusing.

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