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South African Journal of Information Management - Volume 8, Issue 1, 2006
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Volume 8, Issue 1, 2006
Author U.R. AverwegSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8, pp 1 –10 (2006)More Less
An intranet (or internal Web) is a network architecture designed to serve the internal information needs of an organization using Web (Internet) concepts and tools. Many intranets suffer from unmanaged content and <I>ad hoc</I> site development that is generated as the information in organizations increases. eThekwini Municipality had five departmental intranets but following an online survey in 2003 five critical criteria were identified for the redesign and improvement of a new intranet. These criteria are discussed and a future research agenda is suggested.
Developing a model corporate records management system for sustainability reporting : a case of the Iringa region in TanzaniaAuthor C. StilwellSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8, pp 1 –15 (2006)More Less
The purpose of the study was to develop a model for a corporate records management system with special reference to sustainability reporting in the Iringa region of Tanzania. The study used evidence gathered in 2004 and 2005 from nine exporting companies to determine the existing practices of corporate records management with the main focus on sustainability reporting systems. The evidence showed that the existing corporate records management practices did not adequately support verifiable sustainability reporting systems. Drawing on the empirically identified shortcomings of the existing corporate records management practices in the Iringa region and the literature review, a model was developed for corporate records management systems. The model proposed by this study has important implications for the use of corporate information and records for sustainable development, corporate accountability and corporate social responsibility through verifiable sustainability reporting.
Author M. WallisSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8, pp 1 –12 (2006)More Less
The growth and competitiveness of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are compromised by the constraints on their access to finance, among other systematic and institutional problems. As a result, a finance gap exists. This article presents empirical evidence on SMEs' awareness of alternative sources of finance and the current situation in their use. The results of the empirical survey reveal that the majority of the SME operators were ignorant of existing financing sources. They lacked information on alternative sources of finance. Suggestions are made to reduce the ambiguity in the use of alternative financing sources. These include the setting up of an SME portal and a centralized finance data bank.
Author C.J. KrugerSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8, pp 1 –12 (2006)More Less
The practice of forced distributions when doing performance appraisals is commonplace. This type of management practice goes hand in hand with narcissism, a culture in which competition is pursued until there are losers and winners. As a result of dysfunctional internal competition, management runs the risk of being held in contempt by the very employees it is attempting to lead. Fear of ending up as losers is taking on a strategic dimension, vesting a culture of not sharing knowledge. To find a possible solution to this problem, a literature survey was done and discussions conducted with experienced specialists and practitioners in the fields of strategic management, knowledge management and human resource (HR) management. The identified relationships were used to develop a strategy enabler model, a model capable of optimizing strategic endeavours, while at the same time minimizing dysfunctional internal competition.