n Mousaion - Managers as information users in the Council for Geoscience (CGS)

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



This article presents the research findings of an empirical study conducted on managers in the South African science councils, with particular emphasis on the managers in the Council for Geoscience (CGS). The following aspects were investigated: characteristics, circumstances and working environment, reading and information needs, and information usage behaviour of managers. The research instrument was a structured, self-administered questionnaire.

While previous research on managers in general presented useful findings concerning the above, aspects such as developments in the information technology and the changing organisational structure and culture must be borne in mind as having an influence on the manager's environment, information needs and information usage behaviour. While managers appear to have adjusted to the concept of the 'new organisation', they still view themselves as scientists/researchers rather than managers. They rely heavily on networking with colleagues and contacts to satisfy their information requirements. Furthermore, managers have shown a move to the use of information technology in acquiring information.

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