n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Cultural, social and political factors influencing the adoption of Digital Preservation Management in Ghana

Volume 2016 Number 53
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



Digital technologies are rapidly developing in Ghana, leading to the proliferation of digital materials including digital heritage resources. This phenomenon has long occurred in developed countries, where the risk of technological obsolescence and permanent loss of cultural heritage are major concerns. Ghana, as a developing country, faces an even greater range of challenges in effectively managing and preserving its digital heritage resources. This article is derived from a PhD study that explored the contextual factors affecting the adoption of digital preservation management (DPM) in Ghana. It focuses on the contextual factors that are hindering the adoption of DPM. An interpretive case research design, involving 27 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders from 23 institutions, was used for the study. Aspects of Rogers’s (2003) Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) theory and Davies’s (2000) “Policy, Strategy and Resources” (PSR) troika model guided the research. In addition to cultural issues, political interference in DPM projects was found to be a critical factor hindering DPM adoption. Although a national ICT policy was identified as a potential enabler, lack of effective strategies and competition from alternative policies hindered progress. The study contributes to theoretical understandings in information systems research and provides Ghanaian policy developers with an empirical base for accelerating the adoption of DPM.

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