DETERMINATION OF EXTENT OF LECTURERS’ USE OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM IN DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH CENTRAL GEO-POLITICAL ZONE OF NIGERIA

Author: Nwosu Ogochukwu Honorata
Department: Educational Management and Policy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The study was carried out to determine lecturers’ use of MIS in decision making process in universities. It adopted descriptive survey research design and was guided by six research questions and six hypotheses. The population of the study comprised 2632 university lecturers in ten universities in North Central geo-political zone of Nigeria. The sample of the study comprised 952 university lecturers representing twenty percent of the entire population. The sample was selected through the proportionate stratified random sampling. The instrument for data collection is a researcher made structured questionnaire made up of two parts. Part 1 was on the background information of the respondents while part 2 was made up of six sections containing items on use of MIS in decision-making process. The instrument was validated by 3 experts and the co-efficient reliability indices for the six sections include 0.84, 0.80, 0.81, 0.82, 0.85 and 0.84 and these were very high, indicating the reliability of the instrument. The instrument was administered by the researcher together with ten research assistants. Mean was used to answer research questions while z-test was used to test hypotheses. Findings of the study include: the lecturers use word processing and video conferencing to a high extent in problem identification; the lecturers use computer video texting and electronic data interchange to a low extent in problem identification; the lecturers use electronic calendaring and video texts to a high extent in generating alternatives; the lecturers use electronic mails, facsimile transmission and word processing to a low extent in generating alternatives; in evaluating alternatives, the lecturers use word processing, computer and video texts to a high extent. It is among others recommended as follows: lecturers should endeavour to use computers, video texting and electronic data interchange effectively to enhance their ability to identify problem situations; lecturers in North Central Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria should use electronic mails facsimile transmissions and word processing to a high extent in generating alternatives; the lecturers should use electronic data interchange and facsimile transmission to a high extent in evaluating alternatives; lecturers in North Central Geo-political Zone of Nigeria should use video conferencing and electronic data interchange highly in choosing alternatives; the lecturers should use electronic data interchange and electronic bulletin boards to a high extent in implementing decisions so as to enhance their competence in decision making process.

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