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Mathews J. Phiri and Alistair George Tough

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between corporate governance and records management in the context of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between corporate governance and records management in the context of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a qualitative research taking the form of a collective case study of six institutions.

Findings

That good records management can and does contribute to effective corporate governance and accountability. However, this relationship is not necessarily present in all circumstances.

Research limitations/implications

That further corporatisation in higher education is likely to be supported by, and result in, better records management.

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The paper proposes governance record keeping as an approach to managing records and documents in the world of governance, audit and risk.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 28 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Alistair George Tough and Paul Lihoma

The purpose of this research is to identify ways in which medical record keeping systems and health information systems might be integrated effectively and sustainably…

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The purpose of this research is to identify ways in which medical record keeping systems and health information systems might be integrated effectively and sustainably. The aims include minimising the workload of busy frontline health professionals and radically improving data quality.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a qualitative research project, grounded in the theoretical stance that information systems are sociotechnical systems. The primary focus of this research is on real-life custom and practice. The study population consisted of participants in information systems. As is common in qualitative research, sampling was purposive rather than statistically representative.

Findings

This research suggests one unconventional conclusion. New approaches that use intermediate and hybrid technologies may have a better prospect of delivering satisfactory, realistic and affordable medium- to long-term solutions than strategies predicated on the assumption that only systems that are wholly electronic are worth considering.

Originality/value

This research is original in the sense that it investigated records rather than information technology systems. The findings are likely to be of applicability in other developing countries, especially those that share legacy systems with Malawi, such as Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 28 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0956-5698

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Records Management Journal, vol. 15 no. 1
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Alistair Tough

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Records Management Journal, vol. 19 no. 3
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Records Management Journal, vol. 25 no. 1
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Records Management Journal, vol. 15 no. 1
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Records Management Journal, vol. 19 no. 3
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Alistair Tough

The purpose of this paper is to re‐visit debates around accountability, openness and record keeping and to suggest that existing assumptions need to be challenged.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to re‐visit debates around accountability, openness and record keeping and to suggest that existing assumptions need to be challenged.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a scholarly essay based on published and unpublished works. The focus is on parliamentary democracies where the Queen or a titular president is head of state.

Findings

The primary role of records managers as active citizens should be to provide systems that will enable others to discharge their duties. The primary role of archivists in a plural democracy should be to secure the record for the future. The notion that archivists need to protect the record from political pressure should be re‐considered. A more pressing need is for political pressure to be applied at the highest level, to ensure that there is a record.

Research limitations/implications

The research has been limited by the fact that the author has not had access to the Cabinet Office.

Social implications

If the upper echelons of the British Government are to function effectively then the collapse of proper procedures and proper record keeping described by Tony Blair needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Originality/value

This article is original in so far as it offers a new perspective on issues concerning accountability, openness and records and it challenges existing orthodoxies.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 21 no. 3
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Sangmin Lee

This paper considers the sometimes serious and controversial political, legal, institutional and technological issues that were triggered by the mass transfer and copying

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This paper considers the sometimes serious and controversial political, legal, institutional and technological issues that were triggered by the mass transfer and copying of electronic presidential records by the Sixteenth President of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) at the end of his term of office.

Design/methodology/approach

During this administration, the Korean government made significant government‐wide recordkeeping innovations, mainly initiated and supported by the then President Roh Moo Hyun, and also supported by civilian professionals. The Public Records Management Act (PRMA) was revised, the Presidential Records Act (PRA) legislated and the National Archives of Korea tripled in staff size and made significant government records innovations. At the end of his term, the President copied all of his presidential records in electronic form and kept them for his own use, transferring the “authenticated” records to the National Archives. The National Archives subsequently charged his former secretaries with violation of the Presidential Records Act.

Findings

The paper summarizes the records issues to give further consideration to electronic records matters as well as dealing with politically sensitive records in the public archives. Can recordkeeping and politics be divorced? If so, how?

Originality/value

The paper provides insight into the political dimension of recordkeeping in the public, government context in Korea.

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Records Management Journal, vol. 19 no. 3
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ISSN: 0956-5698

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Julie McLeod

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Records Management Journal, vol. 19 no. 3
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