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Developing an e-records readiness framework for labour organisation in Botswana

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dc.contributor.advisor Ngulube, Patrick Kalusopa, Trywell 2012-05-17T08:26:26Z 2012-05-17T08:26:26Z 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation Kalusopa, Trywell (2011) Developing an e-records readiness framework for labour organisation in Botswana, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The application of information communication technologies (ICTs) in records management in many organisations underscores the need for the assessment of e-records readiness. This provides a useful guide in benchmarking, gauging progress and comprehending e-records management. This study examined e-record readiness in labour organisations with a view to proposing a framework for labour organisations in Botswana. The study was largely guided by a quantitative paradigm and used a survey research strategy. This was complemented by methodological triangulation of both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. All the 50 registered labour organisations in Botswana were surveyed, 45 of which responded, representing a response rate of 90%. Data was obtained through structured questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, document review and observations. The study established that e-records readiness in labour organisations in Botswana was evident, low and evolving, evidenced by the slow adoption of ICTs; inadequate records management standards and practices; and low integration in the national e-readiness framework. The study confirmed that most labour organisations had embraced the utilisation of ICTs in their work; exhibited some form of records management function and acknowledged the existence of national policy directives and strategies on e-readiness. However, traditional ICTs mainly the fax and telephone, were more prevalently adopted and used than newer ones such as e-mail and the Internet. The use of social media technology (Web 2.0 - Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter) was yet to be explored. The management of both paper-based and electronic records was not satisfactory and fell short of best recognised records management standards and practice. The integration of labour organisations into national e-readiness initiatives as espoused in key policy proclamations within the context of the pursuance of a holistic knowledge and information society was slow and remained challenging. In order to foster successful e-records readiness in labour organisations, several recommendations were advanced that underscored effective ICT adoption and use, implementation of best records management practices and rigorous integration of labour organisations into the information and knowledge society in Botswana. In addition, an integrated framework for examining and understanding e-records readiness in labour organisations was proposed and documented. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xviii, 357 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject E-records management en
dc.subject E-records readiness en
dc.subject E-records readiness assessment tools en
dc.subject Botswana
dc.subject E-readiness
dc.subject E-records
dc.subject Information communication technologies (ICT) uptake
dc.subject Labour organisations
dc.subject Records
dc.subject Recordkeeping
dc.subject Records management
dc.subject Trade unions
dc.subject.ddc 025.04096883
dc.subject.lcsh Information storage and retrieval systems -- Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic records -- Management -- Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic records -- Botswana
dc.subject.lcsh Records -- Management
dc.subject.lcsh Records -- Access control
dc.subject.lcsh Records retention
dc.subject.lcsh Trade unions -- Botswana
dc.title Developing an e-records readiness framework for labour organisation in Botswana en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Information Science D. Litt. et Phil. (Information Science)

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