What would be the Russian word for "ownership", in the meaning of owning a topic or a task and not owning property? The best equivalent I've found is "oтветственность". However, "responsibility" and not "ownership" will be a more accurate meaning for that one.

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    There is no single equivalent, it all context-dependent. "Владеть", "быть ответственным", "заниматься" may all be applicable here. – Alexander Apr 21 at 18:55
  • Can you provide some examine sentences? Do you mean "take ownership of this job", as in take initiative for it, take responsibility for getting it done? – Curiosity Apr 22 at 14:25

If we are talking about slang used in IT (which I have strong suspicions we do), then terms "владелец" and "владение" are actually quite common, so one can here something like this:

Коллеги, а кто владеет у нас этой компонентой, с кем мне в принципе поговорить об этом?

Some actual quotes from habr:

  • Типичные ошибки Владельца продукта в Скраме. (link)
  • Договориться о политиках владения кодом и превратить это в процесс (link)

By the way, the same analogy exists for ownership as a term used in some programming languages for describing memory model, so it's "владение и заимствование в Rust".

Of course, this doesn't cancel out the existence of just "продакт-оунер".

  • It can be applied to IT. Yes. However, the intent is for this term in leadership in the corporate world in general. – Pavel Ronin Apr 21 at 15:08
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    "Владелец" is a fairly recent calque from English. I don't believe it is much used outside of IT context. – Alexander Apr 21 at 18:57
  • @Alexander quite frankly I never heard owner in this context in non IT context in English as well - it's usually, don't know something like in charge of, their area of responsibility etc. – shabunc Apr 21 at 19:10

As a native Russian language speaker, I can say that "Ответственность" is the accurate word for the case

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    I also am a native speaker. The issue is that responsibility and ownership are similar but they are far from synonyms. I'm trying to find a word that conveys that difference. Unless you're trying to say that this distinction is not present in Russian? – Pavel Ronin Apr 21 at 13:55
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    Owned property is an asset: it can be sold to someone else for a profit, it can be used and enjoyed by the owner in beneficial ways. By contrast, if a task is "owned", this is not an asset but a burden. No one will pay you in order to become the new owner. This usage of the word "ownership" (of a task) is relatively new in English, it didn't exist a few decades ago. It's a neologism, business-related jargon. You are held responsible for the task, you are accountable. In a more positive sense, you are in charge of it, with decision-making ability. But "in charge of" is still ответсвенный. – ghostarbeiter Apr 21 at 14:59

There is another translation option for this word - "Обладание"

Владение кем-, чем-либо как собственностью ◆ Война, ведущаяся с турками за обладание великим княжеством Сусиана и за возвращение отнятых оттоманами земель, принадлежащих персидской империи, предоставляет ей для этого великолепную возможность. Людмила Старикова, «Театральная жизнь России в эпоху Елизаветы Петровны», 2005 г.

  • "обладатель подсистемы" - I like it) – shabunc Apr 22 at 8:13
  • «Обладать чувством юмора». – Andrew Lukjanov Apr 23 at 10:49

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