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Title:A comparative analysis of information acquisition, information management capacity and administrators' decision-making effectiveness in tertiary institutions in south-western Nigeria
Authors:Erwat, E.A.
Fabunmi, M.
Year:2006
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Volume:16
Issue:2
Pages:89-99
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:higher education
educational management
information management
automation
Abstract:The study was motivated by the information related problems commonly observed in the administration of Nigerian tertiary education institutions. The study investigated the levels of information acquisition, information management capacity and decisionmaking effectiveness of administrators in 14 tertiary institutions in three out of six states of southwestern Nigeria. It also compared the levels of these three variables among the three types of tertiary institutions - universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. A survey research design was adopted, and a random sample of 1,357 or 75 percent of a total population of 1,799 administrators in the sampled institutions participated in the study. A Likert-type questionnaire was used to collect data. Findings revealed that although the levels of information acquisition, information management capacity and decisionmaking effectiveness were rated very high, there were significant differences among the three types of tertiary institutions. Institutions that used computers mostly in processing and storage showed higher scores on the three variables than those which used less computers. Furthermore, communication and processing facilities were grossly inadequate and methods of processing and storage of information were mostly manual. The study recommends that tertiary institutions should improve their communication facilities as well as modernize their methods of storage and processing of information by computerizing their management information systems. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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