The information audit

G.D. Swash (Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 1 August 1997


Identifies the role of information in a business environment and highlights the problems which may arise from failures in the management of corporate information resources. Introduces the concept of the information audit as a fundamental management tool to identify what information resources exist and the problems arising from gaps, bottlenecks and the duplication in its provision. Discusses the problems such a survey may encounter and the potential benefits arising from a successful implementation. Emphasizes the critical issues of senior management support for the project and the need to align the investigation and the results to strategic objectives. Concludes that the primary purpose of the information audit is to act as a catalyst for organizational change and improvements in the use of information as a corporate asset.



Swash, G. (1997), "The information audit", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 312-318.

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