ERIC Number: ED459707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Skills and Competencies for Digital Information Management in Africa.
Shibanda, George Gundu
Given the global computerization environment, this paper aspires for the kind of information manager in Africa that is versatile globally, deals with all sorts of technical and resource management issues, and relates at all levels of interaction. The emphasis is on the information professional and manager with a vision of good leadership and excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to steer Africa into the present and future era of computerization through guidance, advice, and mentoring. The paper advocates for information managers that are champions of change in their respective organizations, leaving them self-perpetuating into the future of digital information. These are professionals that have the visual knowledge and understanding of the challenges Africa is faced with in striving to embrace the concept of digital information. It is noted that the magnitude of the present African economic, social, and political crises leaves it lagging behind in the information and communication age. Described in the same light is the fact that Africa is content with lack of basic skills, as well as supervisory and management capabilities with training seen as wanting, irrelevant, and obsolete. Attention is paid to upgrading skills in the labor force in both technical and behavioral skills, thus calling for human resource development to meet the challenges of digital information. (MES)
Descriptors: Competence, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Information Management, Information Scientists, Information Technology, Job Skills, Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Africa