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South African Journal of Information Management - Volume 8, Issue 2, 2006
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Volume 8, Issue 2, 2006
Investigating ICTs for information dissemination to alumni of the newly merged University of JohannesburgAuthor C. RensleighSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8 (2006)More Less
The main objective of this research project was to determine the extent to which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) could enable the Alumni Office of the University of Johannesburg to disseminate information effectively to its alumni stakeholders. The target audience consisted of the merged partners' alumni groups, namely the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) and Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) alumni. In addition, provision was made for a third alumni affinity group in the near future, namely the alumni of the newly merged University of Johannesburg (UJ). For the empirical study, the sample population for answering the quantitative, close-ended questionnaire via telephonic surveys was selected by means of stratified sampling from the RAU and TWR alumni databases respectively. Three hundred RAU alumni and 300 TWR alumni were sampled from the total targetgroup population, of which 25% were males older than 35 years, 25% were males 35 years and younger, 25% were females older than 35 and 25% were females 35 years and younger. The research findings provide valuable guidelines to the Alumni Office of the UJ to build and nurture a solid relationship with its alumni, however diverse, and encourage interactive participation in exploiting the valuable resources offered. Effective information dissemination would enable the UJ Alumni Office to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and its alumni. The final conclusion is that ICTs can, to a large extent, enable the Alumni Office of the University of Johannesburg to disseminate information effectively to its alumni.
Author R. DavelSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8 (2006)More Less
The purpose of this research was to investigate the different ethical issues pertaining to knowledge sharing within organizations and how to create an ethical atmosphere conducive to knowledge sharing by a reframing of the employee's context. In this article, the different ways in which knowledge can be shared within organizations are briefly examined, followed by a discussion on the various ethical challenges related to knowledge sharing within organizations. Following from this, ethical principles based on justice as a moral tool within companies are discussed. The authors consider the benefits of knowledge sharing in a corporate environment and explore the reasons why sharing often does not happen. The discussion then centres on trust and the authors present a framework built around the principles of justice to nurture a knowledge sharing environment.
Interdisciplinary investigation of the authenticity and long-term preservation of electronic recordsAuthor S. KatuuSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8 (2006)More Less
The quest for ways of addressing the challenges of the authenticity and long-term preservation of electronic records has increasingly infiltrated the research agenda of not only archivists and historians but also scholars in computer science, engineering and other social sciences. InterPARES is one such research project. Its first phase began in 1999 and lasted until the end of 2001, while its second phase started in 2002 and is expected to end at the end of 2006. Through both its phases, the research project has sought to be multidisciplinary and engages in rigorous theoretical and methodological interrogation of challenges of preserving, over the long term, authentic records generated in electronic systems.
Author M.M.M. SnymanSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8 (2006)More Less
There is no doubt that knowledge is one of the most valuable resources in organizations. However, its potential value can be severely restricted if its flow is hindered. This article aims to draw attention to the importance of knowledge flow in an organization. The nature of knowledge flow is reviewed, followed by an investigation into the factors that can enable or inhibit the flow of knowledge. These factors are explored with the aid of a newly developed model, which visualizes the knowledge flow elements within the context wherein knowledge flow takes place.
Author A.S.A. Du ToitSource: South African Journal of Information Management 8 (2006)More Less
Information models help enterprises to deal with aspects such as information overload and allow increasing volumes of information to be disseminated, digested and managed effectively. The model enables an enterprise to understand how information is used and by whom, it pinpoints the key stakeholder for various information types and it helps to focus on areas where the highest potential or most opportunities exist. The establishment of an information model is illustrated through a case study within a large conglomeration of companies.